As the contact person for these families, I can tell you that I never have the same experience twice. Every family is unique in their story and they all want something different out of their vacation. Some families are happy just to have me as someone they can refer to for information; others want me to share in some of the experiences with their family and others want to be involved in Make-A-Wish fundraising onboard. We've had family members make speeches to thank the entire ship during the fundraising activities. But one thing every family has in common is that it is an emotional time and seeing the smiles on the children's faces is something that brings tears at some point during their cruise vacation.
It's hard not to feel part of something very important especially when some families start to become emotional while telling me their story and explaining why this cruise vacation was so important to them. For most parents, seeing their children smile and laugh is a wish within itself as for the first time in years they see their child is the same happy upbeat person they were prior to undergoing treatment. It never fails to amaze me when I hear of the bravery of these children. I take great joy in being able to be a part of their wish and in just one week I get to go from being a complete stranger to the person included in their vacation pictures and part of their everlasting memories.
SOURCE Royal Caribbean International
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