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Grace Muggles Her Way into a Sold-Out Play

Grace wished to go to London to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

“ You need to give kids something that makes them want to stay alive and if they lose that, then no amount of medicine in the world is going to help them… ”

- Grace, wish child

When Grace was eleven, her mother had to inform her of something that no child ever wants to hear. She had to tell her that she had cancer, specifically Osteosarcoma, also known as bone cancer. Grace, who had been an avid athlete her whole life had to put sports on hold as she fought her battle with cancer. There was one love however that kept her fighting, her love for the Harry Potter series.

Grace learned about the Harry Potter series from her cousin when she was seven years old. She felt that the books were the one thing that never let her down as she battled her fight with cancer. After years of waiting for a once in a lifetime opportunity Grace, now 17, wished to go to London to see the sold out play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the long awaited eighth installment of the Harry Potter Saga. Grace was led to believe that the play was sold out and therefore was extremely surprised and overwhelmed with excitement when she learned that she and her family would be going to see both Parts 1 and 2 of the play on the same day.

On July 27th, Grace arrived at the Palace Theatre glowing in a golden dress accompanied by her Mom, Dad and two brothers. After the show, the family was greeted by many of the cast members including the actors who played Harry and Ginny Potter. When asked about the show, Grace said that it exceeded her expectations but refused to give any more details because the show was still in previews.

“You need to give kids something that makes them want to stay alive and if they lose that, then no amount of medicine in the world is going to help them,” said Grace when asked about the impact a wish can have on a child. “I would say thank you for giving that to me and to kids that I know probably need it as well.”

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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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