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Arlaiyah loves watching shows all about animals, reading her favorite book series Warriors, and listening to Kidz Bop! Unfortunately Arlaiyah was diagnosed with a blood disorder when she was born. When she was two-years-old she fell ill and was hospitalized for three weeks. She frequently suffers pain throughout her body but that doesn’t stop her from fighting and living like a normal 11-year-old. When Make-A-Wish asked Arlaiyah what her one true wish was, she knew that she wanted to go on a cruise to somewhere with beautiful beaches! She had never been on a ship and the last time she visited a beach she was too sick to actually go and enjoy the water.

From the moment Arlaiyah walked on to the ship, she was welcomed with open arms by the entire crew. She was even able to meet the captain! Arlaiyah’s favorite memories from her trip were finally being able to go into the water and having the chance to swim with the dolphins and go scuba diving. Although she was sad to see her trip come to an end, Arlaiyah created memories on the cruise and in Hawaii that are going to last a lifetime. 

I got to see dolphins, and swim in the ocean with fish, and the water was warm and I didn’t get sick! ”

— Wish Child Arlaiyah

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