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Andrew Explores his Family History in Scotland

Andrew

“ The magic began even before we got on the airplane. ”


- Andrew, 17

Andrew always dreamed to return to Scotland, where he would spend time with family and explore the family ancestry.

Andrew and his family visited multiple castles in Scotland.We live in a wonderful world full of incredible places. One of these places is Scotland, a small country which is made up of more than 790 islands. Lots of people dream to visit that country one day. Andrew, a 17-year-old young man, who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, was one of them. Andrew visited Scotland for the first time when he was only 5 years old. After that trip he always dreamed to return to Scotland, where he would spend time with family and explore the family ancestry. Make-A-Wish® Central California made 2012 a very special year for Andrew. The Chapter accepted the boy’s wish and organized an unforgettable trip for Andrew and his family. Andrew was very impressed with every part of his journey, starting with the hotel rooms, that had amazing views of Edinburgh Castle, and ending with visiting sightseeing.

The trip was full of various activities and adventures… Andrew took a tour around Edinburgh and Stirling Castles; enjoyed fabulous performance by the Scottish Orchestra; participated in Scottish County dance; saw how Scotch is crafted; and even climbed the mountain Ben A'an! Andrew also had a chance to experience some “taste of Scotland.” “I got to try a wide variety of delicious food, from meat pies to fish and chips, and yes even haggis,” mentioned the teenager.

Andrew did not want to waste a single second of the trip. Up until the last days he kept visiting different places, such as Scottish National Gallery. He ended up seeing masterpieces by Da Vinci, Van Gogh, and Rafael.

Andrew’s letter excerpts:

“When I was finally convinced to make a wish, I knew there was only one wish that would be meaningful enough to stay in my memory forever, and that was a trip to Scotland.”

“The Make-A-Wish-Foundation started working magic even before we got on the airplane to Scotland.”

“After we had toured Stirling Castle during the day, we actually came back in the evening, when the castle is closed to enjoy a fabulous performance by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in the great hall of the castle itself. It was inspiring to listen to, music in the very hall where Kings and Queens also listened to music hundreds years ago. ”

“One day my father and I travelled to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park to climb the mountain Ben A’an. It was hard to get to the top but we were reward with stunning views of Loch Katrine and Loch Achray. ”

I knew there was one wish that would be meaningful enough to stay in my memory forever, and that was a trip to Scotland. ”

— Andrew, 17

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