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Zach's Aussie Wish Adventure

Zachary snorkels the reef.

“ Going on this trip was one of the most amazing experiences I could have asked for. ”

- Zach, wish child

After spending his last few years of high school in and out of hospitals for treatment, Zach and his family were seeking a distraction. For the past few years, Zach’s days have been filled with doctors’ visits and serious health scares concerning his struggle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

When Zach’s wish became delayed due to treatments and health complications, the idea of soon being able to travel to Australia and see the Reef were visions and thoughts that helped him get through those hard times. 

"Australia was all he talked about," mom Patti said of Zach’s anticipation.

Zach, along with his mom Patti, dad John and sister Carly, packed their bags and set off for Sydney and the Gold Coast in Australia in December!

Once they arrived in the land down under, they spent three days exploring and sightseeing Sydney. They went to see the breathtaking Blue Mountains in Katoomba and the Featherdale Wildlife Park where Zach and his family were able to feed and pet the Kangaroos and take pictures with koalas!

They went to one of Sydney’s most popular beaches, Manly Beach, where they took a lot of pictures before embarking on their journey north to Cairns where Zach’s wish came true! 

Zach and his family went snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef where a professional photographer captured unforgettable moments for them on film. They were able to swim for hours in the crystal clear water alongside giant fish and tropical sea creatures!

"Going on this trip was one of the most amazing experiences I could have asked for," Zach said of his wish. "My family and I will never forget it. There will never be enough thank you’s for this amazing trip that Make-A-Wish gave me."

There will never be enough thank you’s for this amazing trip that Make-A-Wish gave me. ”

— Zach, wish child.

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  • On Saturday, January 20th, the Long Island Royals 14U Hockey Team hosted their 3rd annual Make-A-Wish Fundraiser! This year, the team rallied the community to help grant the #wish of 6 year-old James from #Holbrook. James, who happens to love hockey, was excited to meet the players who are making his wish to visit the Disney Aulani Resort in #Hawaii come true. The team of boys welcomed James as part of their team. When James arrived, he had his own stall in the locker room with his very own LI Royals jersey, he watched warm-ups from the bench, and did the honor of dropping the puck at center ice. We are so proud to partner with these players who truly understand the meaning of #teamwork both on and off the ice. Our sincerest thanks to the Long Island Royals 14U hockey team, Superior Ice Rink, the wonderful Sue Kav who organized the event, our friends from Chick-fil-A Commack who donated their services this past Saturday, and everyone who showed their support to James and his family.

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