Check Out Violet’s Make-A-Wish Story
We’ve got a motivational story for your Thursday morning! Disney Parks Blog is sharing another inspiration Make-A-Wish Story about Violet, whose time with Disney sparked her passion for performance!
Violet is 10 and lives in Texas and LOVES Disneyland Resort! When she was only 7 months old she was diagnosed with retinoblastoma which is a type of cancer found in the eyes.
When she was granted a wish via the Make-A-Wish foundation it was an easy choice, she wanted to meet Mickey at Disneyland!
So on her 3rd birthday she had the magical experience of visiting Disneyland with her family in an experience that Violet would go on to say, “pretty much changed my life.”
Violet’s mom, when reflecting back on the experience said, “A lot of things have evolved and happened from her wish.” Shenay, continued, . “Violet was asked to host a Make-A-Wish gala. When she got on stage, she found her spot. She loved being up there, and helping.”
Violet’s mom Shenay continued, “Violet’s wish inspired her to give back even more. She started to make artwork to auction off at the Make-A-Wish galas.” She adds, “One piece went for $25,000. It’s amazing that something so difficult in our lives became an opportunity to give back. It made us feel like what we went through wasn’t for nothing. I’m so grateful for all of it.”
Captivated by her charm, Make-A-Wish would go on to ask Violet to co-host over a dozen galas all over the country to help raise millions of dollars for the charity. Speaking of the experience, Violet said, “I’ve been so blessed to be in Disney and Make-A-Wish videos, TV shows, a film, and even voiceovers for radio and animation.”
A highlight of her involvement with Make-A-Wish is the opportunity that Violet had to participate in a video “It Stays With You,” which premiered at D23 Expo in 2019. In the video, Violet can be seen holding hands with Mickey and Minnie and running through the castle.
Violet, who is now 10 years old shows no signs of slowing when it comes to her involvement with Make-A-Wish and her love of Disney! When asked what’s next Violet said, “When all of this is over, I’m so excited to go to Disneyland to see all of my friends again.” She added, “I really want to be a Disney cast member. I could be an Imagineer, or I could help dress the cast members, any job really. I would just love to be on the team!”
To learn more about Disney’s ongoing collaboration with Make-A-Wish as well as how you can get involved please visit visit wish.org/Disney.
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