Jenna’s journey with neuroblastoma began when she began to experience unusual side pain. Her parents brought Jenna to the doctor where a lump was discovered on her spine. Jenna underwent surgery to remove most of the tumor, because removing it entirely would have led to a high risk of paralysis. She remains monitored to ensure that the remaining portion of the tumor does not cause any further complications. Through her battle against a critical illness, Jenna has shown strength and resilience. Today, Jenna is a vibrant 11-year-old who continues to hold the Make-A-Wish mission close to her heart.
When Jenna was in kindergarten, she had a friend who moved into town from the tropical island of Hawaii. From her friend, Jenna heard all about the warm beaches of Hawaii, hula dancing, and the sea turtles that swim in the ocean. Jenna knew she needed to experience these special moments for herself, and wished to visit Ko Olina, Hawaii!
After Jenna’s wish trip, her mother said that they wouldn’t have changed a single thing. Jenna enjoyed swimming and relaxing in the lazy river and getting to watch the hula dancers perform. Jenna and her family swam in the ocean, came face to face with different forms of sea life, and attended an authentic Hawaiian luau. For Jenna and her family, this wish trip was a chance to relax and enjoy one another’s company, giving Jenna the chance to feel childlike magic once again.