Alisha Savage left for Orlando with her parents and grandparents in style, starting with a Quincy police motorcade and limousine ride to Logan Airport with princess Elsa from Disney’s “Frozen,” said Make-A-Wish spokeswoman Jordan Salvatoriello.
Alisha’s Wish — which marks the 7,000th Wish granted by the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Make-A-Wish — falls at the same time of year as the annual trip sponsored by the Something mAAgic Foundation, which each year flies children from around the world with chronic or life-threatening illnesses to Orlando free of charge.
At the airport, Alisha, who has a rare brain tumor, was greeted by nearly 100 volunteers who held signs and cheered, and current and former American Airlines employees dressed as Disney characters. Special treatment followed her through the airport, from a gate transformed into a castle to a first-class seat decorated with a princess blanket and streamers hanging from the ceiling.
“It was just overwhelming when they showed up,” said Salvatoriello.
Alisha and her family will stay at the Give Kids the World Village in Kissimmee, about 10 minutes outside Walt Disney World, Salvatoriello said. The village is designed for children with special needs and disabilities. There Alisha will meet the 35 other kids who flew in on Something mAAgic flights.
Originally from Cork, Ireland, the Savages moved to Boston when Alisha was diagnosed with Stage IV atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumors, or AT/RT, a rare, aggressive childhood cancer that affects the brain and spinal cord. Research on treatment led them to Boston for the Dana Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center.
The Savages will enjoy six days and seven nights in Walt Disney World with full access to all of the parks, Salvatoriello said.
An e-card for Alisha is available for the public to sign on the Make-A-Wish website at massri.wish.org/7000.