Madeline, from Wilmington, Delaware, loves reading and writing short stories to help take her mind off her obstacles with cystic fibrosis. Her hobbies help her keep a bright and enthusiastic attitude. Madeline's favorite series is Harry Potter; she has read all seven books and has seen all the movies. The fun-loving seventeen year-old dreamed of leaving her world behind and entering the mystical realm of witchcraft and wizardry. When she discovered Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic would grant her one true wish, she wished to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ at Universal's Islands of Adventure®.
Madeline adored the memorabilia she received at her wish party, including of course chocolate frogs, jelly beans and a character scarf, adding to her enthusiasm for the upcoming trip. Madeline and her family were in store for a week of magic and adventure when they landed in Orlando, Florida. They stayed at Give Kids the World Village® and enjoyed the parks of Disney, as well as Sea World® before their final stop at Universal Studios. Madeline felt like one of the Harry Potter characters as she shopped in Diagon Alley™, rode thrilling rides and drank Butterbeer™. Her favorite experience was picking out a custom wand, truly making her feel like a wizard.
The trip was filled with magical memories for Madeline and her whole family. They all agreed that the wish "filled their spirits". Madeline can look back at her photos and souvenirs to always remember a wish come true.