“Dog has totally inspired Maria to keep going through her fight”
When Maria was born, she began suffering from respiratory issues immediately. Initially diagnosed and treated for asthma, it soon became clear that the tiny child was suffering from something much more devastating. Maria was diagnosed with chronic lung disease and cystic fibrosis when she was only 18 months old.
At the age of 2, Maria’s doctors discovered part of her right lung was severely damaged, and she needed surgery. Doctors proceeded with a lobectomy and removed part of her right lung; Maria remained in the hospital for three months. She has since undergone multiple surgeries and medical procedures, and uses daily therapy and medications.
Maria is an inspirational young lady so for her wish, we sent her on an exclusive Hawaii vacation where she was able to meet her favorite celebrity: Dog the Bounty Hunter.
While meeting Duane and Beth Chapman was definitely the highlight of Maria’s trip, she still had plenty of time to explore the island and experience the tropical culture.
A big “thank you” goes out to all of Maria’s Wish sponsors who helped make her dream come true: The Sheraton Waikiki, Germaine’s Luau, Dole Plantation, Duane “Dog” and Beth Chapman, Mona Woods, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., California Pizza Kitchen, and the Cheesecake Factory.