The pure Joy of a wish as written by Diavion's Mom: I do not know where to begin. This was the absolute best “wish” that Diavion could have ever had granted to her. At the airport we were given VIP treatment. The Pilot walked us on the plane with him and an announcement was made regarding AWCT and Diavion’s wish and everyone clapped.
The Carnival Cruise Line personnel were overwhelmingly accommodating and I was brought to tears many times. They all knew us before we even got on the boat. We were given VIP treatment and anything that Diavion or us wanted or needed it was given to us. At dinner, they presented Diavion with a beautiful “wish” cake and they sang “happy wish day” to us. We had gifts and chocolates sent to our cabin daily.
The Cruise Director, Mikey, sent a letter to meet with us and he had something special planned. After one show he had us stay after and a photographer came and took pictures of Diavion and the cast. Mikey gave Diavion a red rose and presented her with a chocolate cake. Another night, Mikey asked Diavion for her favorite song and he dedicated it to Diavion at the end of a show and everyone danced to it. She was given a VIP pass to wear.
Diavion was planning to participate in a Lip Sync contest but we were told she couldn’t do it due to her disabilities. She handled the news fine. So later that day on the Lido deck, the DJ played her song. She got onstage (spontaneously) danced and sang her heart out in front of 300 people. They cheered and danced along and everyone stood and applauded. This was the second day of the cruise and Diavion was now known by everyone on the boat. Every day, fellow passengers came up to us and hugged Diavion and mentioned that she was an inspiration to them.
And lastly, as we entered the plane to go home, the pilot invited Diavion and I to the cock pit. We were in there for 30 minutes. Diavion made the announcement over the microphone and said Welcome overboard (lol). We are heading to Providence. Have a nice flight.” And the limo driver was waiting for us as we got off the plane.
I know this was a lot to read, but I wanted you to know that all your hard work certainly paid off and we are so grateful that Diavion and us got to experience this wonderful wish. Special thanks to volunteer wish granters Melanie Panarello & Catherine DeOrsey, Carnival Cruise Line, Arrow-Prestige Limousine & Coach, Southwest Airlines & Brenda Ferra from T. F. Green Airport everyone working together for Diavion!