Spencer flying high after wish

Hot air balloons and rainbows fascinate Spencer, so his wish was to combine two of his favourite things and go sky high in a rainbow coloured balloon!

Spencer is 10 and one of only four people in Australia living with a rare genetic illness called Cardiofaciocutaneous Syndrome.

When mum Karelle asked him what goes up in a hot air balloon basket, Spencer responded "fish"! Naturally, his toy fish came along as co-pilot for the journey.

Months of excitement

Spencer can get unsettled with new experiences, so to help him get ready for his wish, we wrote Spencer a special storybook about the adventure to come - detailing exactly what would happen.

“I have never seen Spencer bursting with so much excitement about an adventure, ever."  – Spencer’s mum

In the lead up, Spencer re-read his book so often that we sent a new and more hardwearing copy for Spencer to treasure in the years to come!

Support makes all the difference

In the last few days of his wish, Spencer and his family visited the Make-A-Wish Melbourne office, where we were able to hand over hundreds of messages of support from donors.

Spencer had great fun ripping open the wrapping paper and reading all of the messages. It was a powerful moment for the whole family to enjoy together.

“Thank you for making our little boy’s wish come true. It’s truly overwhelming to have other people care about him as much as we do.” 

Wishes are vital

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The facts

> Six Australian families a day receive the devastating news that their child has a life-threatening illness.

> 642 children are waiting for their wish to come true.

> Last year, the number of families asking for our help increased by 30%.

> We don’t receive any government funding – all wishes are powered by the generosity of our supporters.


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