Tonawanda News — “I got to go on the magic carpet ride,” she said, still excited months later. “It was really cool!”
Iwona Maxick shook her head when talking about the trip. “It was beyond my wildest dreams,” she said. “It was fabulous. What they do for families ... it’s unbelievable.”
Adelina has been in remission for two years now, but Iwona still keeps in contact with another parent she met through the Make-A-Wish organization. That family wasn’t as fortunate.
“I’ve seen what they can do for a child ... a family ... who doesn’t have that hope anymore,” she said with tears in her eyes. “His parents will always have those memories.”
Santa arrived on the shiny red Macy’s tour bus in a flurry of snowflakes, entering the building with a rousing “Ho, ho, ho!” and greeting the children before settling down before a roaring fire to read “ ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” to the group gathered around him.
Then, one by one, he reviewed Christmas lists and spoke to each child, fielding requests for everything from Star Wars toys to Harry Potter books and crayons and toy trains to various gadgetry and video-game systems. Occasionally, he proved to the children that he’s still trying to keep up with the latest fads, from One Direction to Angry Birds. (In fact, he admits being hooked on the latter.)
Sarah Skomra of Lackawanna sat up front with her son, Benjamin, 3, and his sister Haley, 4, listening to Haley wish for an Easy-Bake Oven and Benjamin’s request for train tracks. Benjamin, who requires blood transfusions every three weeks, and his family visited Walt Disney World in September through the efforts of Make-A-Wish, she said.
“They’ve done so much for us,” she said. “It’s remarkable.”