On Monday, June 8 Make-A-Wish® Orange County and the Inland Empire will present 6-year-old Desirae (Desi) Cechin with her wish to go to Aulani®, a Disney Resort and Spa. The wish presentation will include a party at Desirae’s favorite restaurant, and will be a celebration of her upcoming wish.
Desi Cechin, a native of Indio, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in April of 2014 and has been fighting a tough battle ever since. Before Desi’s diagnosis, her family discussed taking a trip to Aulani®, a Disney Resort and Spa, but those plans were put on hold. Instead, the 6-year-old has spent more than a year in and out of the hospital, enduring numerous medical tests and traveling for treatments.
Laura, Desi’s mother explains that treatment has been rough but her daughter’s positive outlook and spirits have kept them going. To stay calm, Desi thinks about time spent camping near the ocean with her family or she will play sounds of waves crashing to drown out the sounds of medical machines as she sleeps. “She has always loved the ocean,” said Laura. “It calms her.”
When approached by Make-A-Wish, Desi explained that she wished to go to Aulani, to play on the beach, meet the characters and learn more about the creatures from the sea. “This wish is an amazing opportunity,” said Laura. “We all need something positive in our life, as we have been in and out of treatment for so long. It will be nice to be away from the medical environment and have time with our family for a few days in a row.”
Follow Desi’s inspiring, incredibly tenacious fight against cancer at www.facebook.com/Believingfordesi
Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire grants the wishes of children with life- threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Find out how you can donate money, airline miles and your time volunteering by visiting ocie.wish.org.