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Alexis makes family memories in Gatlinburg

  • Alexis and her dad enjoying some family bonding time during the wish.

  • A highlight of the wish for Alexis was visiting the aquarium.

  • Alexis and her family took in the sights of the city via a magical carriage ride.

This trip let her feel "normal" for a few days as no one was dwelling on her illness, and she began to understand that indeed, her wheelchair does not define who she is.


Alexis had only one wish. She wanted to go to Gatlinburg with her family.

As a result of spinal muscular atrophy, Alexis experienced difficult challenges, yet none of them seemed to dim her sweet and happy personality. The idea of visiting Gatlinburg with her family where she would spend ample time swimming, visiting tourist attractions, and going to many different fun breakfast and dinner places kept her anxious and excited as she anticipated the big day.

Alexis and her family stayed in an beautiful cabin, which possessed all the amenities she had hoped for, and was located in Gatlinburg, TN.  She had an exceptional time making irreplaceable memories with her family throughout her wish experience. Some of Alexis' favorite aspects of her wish included, the aquarium, the movie theater, Ripley's haunted adventure, the arcade, and shopping. She had a blast over the course of this experience and met some extremely generous individuals along the way which made the trip even better.

Alexis' wish experience was something special that she and her family will forever cherish. While greatly appreciating Make-A-Wish® for this incredible opportunity, she also was very grateful for the many people who simply gave her a big smile while she and her family were there. This trip let her feel "normal" for a few days as no one was dwelling on her illness, and she began to understand that indeed, her wheelchair does not define who she is.

Alexis' wish was made possible with the support of Jewelers for Children. Jewelers for Children has renewed its commitment to Make-A-Wish and has donated over $500K to grant 55 wishes across the country though its Wish-A-State program - wishes that have the possibility to give kids with critical illnesses the strength they need to fight harder. For more information on Jewelers for Children and and its support of Make-A-Wish visit www.jewelersforchildren.org.

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