Everyday we the Founders, Board Members, Staff and Volunteers have the profound honor of making Travel Wishes come true, helping make memories for the family & friends of loved ones that will last a life time.
On occasion, we do attempt to grant wishes that might be out of our standard guidelines. Although, we do not provide funding however; we will facilitate the coordination of resources, funding, in-kind donations from companies, foundations and nonprofits with the goal of granting a final wish.
Donya the mother of little Ali of Pearcy, Ark knew her only daughter wish had a wish. To visit San Antonio”s Morgan’s Wonderland and Sea World. Below are some of the memories little Ali and her entire family shared together.
Thank you so much…As a mother of a terminal child where we are promised no tomorrows it is trips as these that bring joy to our familues & helps us refresh & get a better perspective as we fight everyday for Alis life. I am so grateful for this opportunity as I received huge inspiration to achieve more dreams for my baby. Only thing we would have wished is to stay longer. Thank you for blessing us with these precious memories. If I can help in anyway please let me know.
Donya (Ali’s Mom) & Ali
PRESS RELEASE ISSUED BY MORGAN’S WONDERLAND
Morgan’s Wonderland To Welcome
Grant Angel Wishes Child From Pearcy, Ark.
WHO: Grant Angel Wishes and Travel Foundation child Ali, 6, and accompanying family members from Pearcy, Ark., west of Little Rock. Ali has Batten disease, a genetic neurological disorder for which there is no cure. Affected children suffer mental impairment, worsening seizures and progressive loss of sight and motor skills.
WHAT: Granting Ali’s wish to visit Morgan’s Wonderland, the world’s first theme park designed with special-needs individuals in mind and built to be enjoyed by everyone.
WHEN: Scheduled to arrive at 9 a.m. Friday, June 27, 2014.
WHERE: Morgan’s Wonderland, 5223 David Edwards Drive (at the intersection of Wurzbach Parkway and Thousand Oaks Drive a half-mile west of IH 35 in Northeast San Antonio).
WHY: To enable Ali to enjoy a day of fun, create lasting final memories with family members and provide a respite from the day-to-day regimen of medical treatment.
ETC.: Morgan’s Wonderland, which is completely wheelchair-accessible, features more than 25 attractions including rides, playgrounds and gardens. For more information, visit www.MorgansWonderland.com. The unique theme park, nearby STAR Soccer Complex, San Antonio Scorpions pro soccer team, Toyota Field stadium and Monarch Academy school for students with special needs were created through the vision and leadership of The Gordon Hartman Family Foundation. Net profits from STAR Soccer, the Scorpions and Toyota Field have been earmarked to expand programs and services for the special-needs community through non-profit Morgan’s Wonderland.
Established in 2010 in Murrieta, Calif., the Grant Angel Wishes and Travel Foundation grants travel wishes for children and adults ages 3 to 75 who have a terminal medical condition, with a 12-month or less diagnosed prognosis. For more information, visit www.grantangelwishesandtravel.org.
October 2013 and December 2013
Leanna F. of Plano, Texas had a wish; she was able to experience only half of her wish due to a violent rain storm in the area. Two months later due to a secret Santa she was able to return and complete her special wish. Please take a moment and share her memories.
Thank you for the wonderful memories
Tony, Yuki & Leanna F.
The following wish was granted for Robert D. of Michigan, August 15 – 18, 2013.
August 21, 2013
Dear (GAWT) Wish Coordinator:
Thank you is not adequate to express my sincere gratitude at your helping to grant Roberts wish to go to the Grand Ole Opry and to Elvis home at Graceland.
When I first wrote and inquired as to Grant Angel Wishes and travel helping with this I never imagined someone such as yourself going above and beyond. But, you did.
Robert was born handicapped and on a good day his mentality is approx. that of a 13-14 yr old. He now also is terminally ill with cancer. He is a 57 yr old. He only knows that he wants to do something. It’s up to my sister and I to make that something happen. Without the help of your great foundation, this dream would not have come to fruition.
From the first contact with Grant Angel wishes and travel, I met with professionalism, compassion, caring and willingness/wanting to grant his wish.
The D. family thanks you from the bottom of our hearts for all that you have done for our brother Robert and for all that you will do for others in the future.
Barbara D. K.
On February 2, 2012, prior to the Grant Angel Wishes and Travel Foundation revised Mission statement granting terminally ill patients a final vacation memory; Atiba C made a wish request to meet his favorite performer.
Atiba C. is young man of enormous talent. He is an Ambassador of Goodwill for the Grant Angel Wishes and Travel Foundation, Inc. (R). Despite his debilitating illness, unwavering determination, positive approach to life and winning smile have allowed him to accomplish amazing challenges.
Atiba contacted the Grant Angel Wishes and Travel Foundation, Inc. and stated his wish of meeting a legendary performer. A GAWT wish coordinator worked for over a year and a half to grant Atiba’s wish. During the summer of 2012, a staff member encouraged him to write a book and share his experiences and wisdom with others who were going through difficult times. Atiba penned his life story in Unexpected Words from a Gifted Angel, which has since been released.
Finally, after multiple and tireless efforts the foundation was able to begin working with Beyoncé’s publicist, the foundation scheduled the long-awaited introduction to the legend herself at the August 3, 2013, performance in Brooklyn, New York. Atiba says, “I told her that meeting her has always been a dream of mine and that I wrote a book to put myself out there just to meet her.” He gave her a copy of his book, pointing out the section he wrote on how her music inspires him, and says she told him, “I am so proud of you.”
August 3, 2013 – Barclay Center New York City – Atiba’s wish is granted.
Read more about Atiba’s wish granting
The Grant Angel Wishes and Travel Foundation® was contacted by Olivia R. the sister-in-law of Tony (Gregory) Ballogg. Tony (stage name) was born Gregory Ballogg in Cleveland, Ohio on September 22, 1956. He was in the final stages of cancer, was a patient at the time at the Vitas Hospice in San Jose, California. His prognosis was only a few days to live. Olivia’s wish was when the time came the family in San Jose would be able to travel to Cleveland, Ohio for Tony’s funeral. His body was to be shipped to Cleveland for burial near his beloved parents. Due to extraordinary hospital and medical bills, the trip to Cleveland was unlikely for his widow and adult son.
Tony Gregory Ballogg pass away in hospice, January 29, 2013.
We reached out to the community in San Jose and Chicago area and to businesses to help us grant this urgent wish. Through the generosity of Vitas Hospice in San Jose, Zam Shop in Chicago and Cleveland Cab & VIP Limo, widow and son received roundtrip air fares from San Jose to Cleveland for Tony’s funeral
Olivia who is disabled and a cancer survivor had hoped that somehow; she and her caregiver would be able to join family members in Cleveland. Donations for Olivia’s roundtrip travel were received by the foundation; allowing her to travel to travel from Chicago to Cleveland to be with the family and attend Tony Gregory’s funeral.
Tony Gregory Ballogg Tony’s professional career began at age 17. He has performed with the Miami and Las Vegas Symphonies and was featured at the National Folk Festival with his gypsy ensemble. He has also played as a guest soloist for many corporate private functions for the rich and famous including governor Michael Stanley Dukakis, James Blanchard, Imelda Marcos, Sylvester Stallone, Kirk Douglas, as well as at Donald Trump’s wedding at Mar-a-Largo.
For more career information, visit the Kennedy-Center website.
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Through a unique set of circumstances and partnership with several non-profit foundations with the Grant Angel Wishes and Travel, Foundation. A wish was granted for Alice S. a 70 year-year-old daughter in Cleveland, Ohio who wanted to travel from to San Jose, Calfornia to say her final farewell to her mother Josephine C. who was at the time in hospice. Josephine had just turned 97. Alice was able to see her mother and join her entire family at her mother’s bedside in September 2012.
Josephine taking a quick nap between pictures and family visits.
According to family members, even though, due to her condition, Josephine was unable to speak, her eyes sparkled with much happiness, as all her loving family members including her daughter from Cleveland, were able to be at her bedside, for one last time.
On October 20, 2012, Josephine at 97 years of age peacefully passed away.
Howard R.’s wish was to take his son to Universal Studios Hollywood. In July 2012, he and his 14 year-0ld son, spent three nights and four days, basking in the Southern California sunshine. Not only did they have the opportunity to spend the entire day at “The Entertaiment Capital of L.A.”; they went sightseeing in Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Santa Monica. Together Father and son created a lasting family vacation memory.
“My son and I would like to thank Grant Angel Wishes, the Board of Directors, and all the wonderful people involved in making this wish come true! Our Foundation Wish Coordinator was the most delightful person I have ever had the pleasure of working with. She made our wish come true,and I can’t thank her enough on how thoughtful and informative she was. All of our arrangements were awesome from the beautiful hotel,to our great Vip passes for Universal. We thank each and everyone involved at Grant Angel Wishes and Travel Foundation for such a great trip, and for all the hard work!!!!!” Howard R.
Jonathan D. aka (J-man) and family’s wish was to visit Disneyworld as a family. Jonathan, mom, dad and siblings got their wish and more, as they were able to visit Give Kids the World and Disneyworld in July 2012. Sponsored by the Grant Angel Wishes and Travel Foundation, Inc. (R), and Barbara R., Jonathan’s dedicated advocate, who produced his successful Birthday Bash Fundraiser Benefit. The family stayed at the world famous Give Kids the World all inclusive Resort for six nights and seven days. Together they created a lasting vacation family memory.