MCCOOL JUNCTION — A local boy suffering from cancer had his wish for a cruise granted through national children’s charity Kids Wish Network.
Fisher was enjoying a football game when he began feeling severe pain in his leg.
An X-ray revealed that Fisher had a tumor and though doctors initially thought the tumor was the result of an infection, it was eventually discovered that the tumor was non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma; a cancer of the white blood cells.
Fisher underwent six rounds of chemotherapy.
During his treatments, he developed shingles and the H1N1 virus.
Although he was out of school for a while, Fisher took his classes online and maintained his good grades.
He was given the chance to wish after a case worker at the University of Nebraska Medical Center told his parents about national children’s charity Kids Wish Network.
Once in contact with a Kids Wish Network Wish Coordinator, Fisher let them know that he wanted to enjoy a relaxing cruise to get away from the stresses of his treatments and spend some quality time with his family.
“He really had a great time,” said Fisher’s mother, Diane Fisher.
“They spoiled Gabe” on the cruise.
Not only was Gabe Fisher treated like a prince on the cruise, but the Hilton Omaha also gave him special treatment.
When the family arrived there, the staff surprised Fisher and his family with tickets to the University of Nebraska at Omaha Mavericks hockey game.
At the game, Gabe Fisher got to meet every player and was presented with a hockey stick that each player and Coach Blais autographed.
The VIP treatment continued on into the cruise with trays of cookies and milk delivered to Gabe Fisher’s room every night, fruit baskets, shore excursions and a meet-and-greet with the ship’s captain along with a special tour of the ship.
At one point, even Gabe Fisher told his mother that he was overwhelmed with the generosity of the cruise line.
“Mom, they’re spoiling me too much,” he said.
“On the cruise I did many fun things,” he said.
“In Key West we went snorkeling. It was a fun thing to experience. In the Bahamas, we went to Atlantis to the water park and got to interact with dolphins.
While we were at sea we also did fun things such as the two shows that were put on. They were very entertaining and the dancers were very nice when I got to meet them.
I also got to see the bridge of the ship. Although everything on the cruise was extremely fun, I would have to say interacting with dolphins was my favorite part of the wish.
“To be able to go somewhere and just relax was wonderful for all of us,” Diane Fisher said.
“It was so nice. “
For Gabe Fisher, it was a dream-come-true.
“I would say that my wish was granted to the fullest. I could not have asked for a more enjoyable cruise and everyone I met was very nice. Thank you for making my wish come true.”
Kids Wish Network is a national charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experienced life-altering situations.