Meet Our Moms
The magnificent women we’ve been privileged to bless, who have touched us and countless more along the way.
Lori and her husband have 11 and 25 year old sons and live in California. They have had many struggles the past 6 years. After being diagnosed with Invasive ductal carcinoma, they discovered black mold in their condo and ended up losing most of their belongings. Since then her cancer has spread to her liver, lymph nodes, sternum, rib and vertebrae. Her wish was to have a big birthday party for herself at the beach where all of her friends could meet each other. A photographer captured many memories that were made during the beautiful celebration. Her wish was granted in August 2017.
Joseanna has 5 children. She discovered a lump when she was pregnant and then discovered she had stage 4 breast cancer which later spread to her liver, bones and brain. Her wish was to take her children to Disneyland. Her wish came true in September 2017 when they made great memories in California.
Casey is a wife and a mom to 4 beautiful children age 10, 7, 5 and 4 years old. After she became sick in 2014 they had to move back to Washington so family could help. In 2016 she found out that her cancer had spread to her bones. Her wish was to take her family on a worry-free cruise to Alaska! Her wish was granted in August 2017.
Melissa has 5 children and was first diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in 2005. She has now developed incurable leukemia from all of her treatments. It was her wish to spend some time on the beach this summer with her entire family. They spent a week at Myrtle Beach making some great memories in July 2017.
Lisa is a single mom from Ohio. She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 but was later informed that it had spread to her bones and brain. Her wish was to take her youngest to DisneyWorld. She wasn’t sure how she was going to pay but was determined to make this memory happen before she became too ill to travel. Ally’s Wish was able to make this dream a reality and pay off her balance in July 2017.
Ilene is a wife and mom with a 7-year-old daughter. Ilene was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 and it progressed to stage IV metastatic cancer.
Ilene and her family LOVE everything Disney. Her wish was to go on a Disney cruise with her family to make lasting memories and leave cancer behind for a few days. Ilene’s wish was granted in July 2017.
Jodi is from Louisiana and has 3 precious daughters and a wonderful husband. She was first diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer about 3 years ago. Then last year she was in so much pain and learned that a tumor had broken her neck. MD Anderson then diagnosed Jodie with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. Her wish was simple. She wanted to spend time with family and relax on the beach in Pensacola, Florida. Her wish was granted in June 2017.
Amy is from Indiana and is married with 4 children. She was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer in June 2106. She had 3 tumors and 1 spread to her liver. She just had a bilateral mastectomy a few months ago. Her wish was to take her family to the beach so they could laugh and have fun. Her wish to Panama City, Florida was granted in July 2017.
Patty is a 49 year-old mom. She and her husband, Jordan, have two children, Matthew (13) and Natalie (7). Patty has stage IV metastatic adenocarcinoma of the breast with mets to the bones and peritoneal area. She was diagnosed in September 2014 and had surgery in 2015. Prior to stopping work, Patty worked in healthcare most of her adult life.
Patty’s wish was to get away on vacation to create family memories. They went to a resort in Cancun, Mexico. The family got to see the Mayan ruins, snorkel, swim in the ocean and an underground river, see all kinds of tropical fish and enjoy the pool. We are so happy the Thomases’ had time away as a family to have fun and forget about the issues back home.
Kari was diagnosed in 2015 with stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer at the age of 37. It has spread to her bones and liver. She has a 10 year old son and a 20 year old son who is in the Army. She was unable to travel far so they planned a family getaway in their home state of North Carolina. They are visiting the Christmas lights at the Biltmore estate and staying in the area for a couple of days. Then they will be headed to the the Great Wolf lodge for a post Christmas vacation. The whole family will get to spend time together for Kari’s wish.
Meet Jennifer: She was first diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in 2012, and then was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer this past February. She has not been home to Indiana in 23 years. Her wish is to take her 2 children back home to see family and to see snow for the first time. Jennifer will spend time making memories and showing her kids where she grew up this Christmas!
Meet Rachael…. she was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2012. Her tumor is too large to be removed and her doctor’s said she would not see 2014. She is a single mom raising 3 children and continues to work in a middle school in Houston. Her wish is to take her children to Disney World. They were so excited for this trip and could not sleep when we told her this wish would be granted!