Kenna Stuck’s Aussie wish has officially come true.
We introduced Kenna a little over a month ago and proudly announced that we were working with Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area to adopt her wish. Kenna, a young woman with an unfortunate medical history but the most contagious positivity, dreamt of flying across the world to Australia to meet Danny, the bone marrow donor that saved her life.
Many of you followed her journey on Instagram under the hashtag #AussieWish, and you might have read Kenna’s previous post on our blog, “Thank You Is No Longer Enough.” Now, Kenna wants to share some of her top moments from her trip.
Thanks Kenna for sharing your story. Your fight is inspiring.
1. Meeting Danny
Finally, the whole reason I’m here! Just a couple minutes until I meet him. The whole plane ride I’m fidgeting. Bouncing my leg up and down, I’m just so anxious to meet him. I try to calm myself and remember patience. I try and try but it just won’t work. I can’t get the thought of seeing him out of my mind.
Finally, we’re exiting the plane. I still can’t believe it’s real. It’s happening! It’s finally happening! Two long years of waiting for this moment! My own dream come true!
I start wondering what should I say, what do I do. As we’re leaving the gate I finally see him. I don’t think. I just run. I run straight to him and hug him. I can’t remember exactly what he said, but it was just so amazing to hear his voice. His accent is the best!
To be honest everything kind of went by in a blur. I was just too excited! All I remember is talking to Danny on the way to baggage claim about how the weather was not good enough for fishing. Next thing I know he’s putting all our suitcases in the trunk like a master Tetris player. After dropping everything off at the hotel we all went out to lunch. And probably one of the highlights was just having a beer with Danny.
2. Dinner with the family
On the second day after meeting Danny we got to meet his mom, dad, brothers, and sister. Danny is a twin and since Danny and I are a 12 out of 12 match [for the bone marrow donor requirements] he’s basically my genetic twin. Therefore, Danny, his twin sister Michelle, and I are triplets.
All my life I wanted an older brother or sister. Now, I have an older sister and three older brothers. His mom and dad are amazing people, but I figured they’d have to be pretty awesome to have such a beautiful person as their son.
At dinner there was: Mom, Dad, Auntie Laura, Uncle Jeff, Kylee, Grandma, Danny, Tori (his youngest daughter), Lee (his wife), Michelle, Guy (Michelle’s husband), Brooke (Michelle’s daughter), Harrison (Michelle’s son), Dean (his older brother), Michelle (Dean’s wife), Robyn (his mom), and Richard (his dad).
We had lunch with Darren (his eldest brother) since he had a Christmas work party to attend. When we met it was like we had known each other for years instead of hours. They literally were an extension of our family. Meeting all of them was so amazing. Isn’t it funny how they were on the other side of the world and I didn’t know they existed? But now, I can’t imagine my life without them. They’ll forever be apart of me everywhere I go.
3. Australia Zoo
The Australia Zoo was so much fun. We got the royal treatment while we were there! We weren’t expecting it at all. We all had such an amazing time. Our guides were so great! They listened and answered all of our questions and we had a ton of questions!
Both Kylee and I grew up watching the Crocodile Hunter and we both had said we would love to go there one day. Kylee has always looked up to Steve Irwin and I know she’ll follow in his footsteps to help save the animals, and I’ll love watching every minute of it. I so appreciate everyone’s kindness and generosity. I’ve been so lucky and I’m so very grateful for everything.
4. Feeding the wild dolphins
At Morton Island there were wild dolphins who would come into the beach area at night and you’re allowed to feed them. It was so cool to see because these are wild dolphins but they knew how everything went. They lined up perfectly every night to get food. It was really cool to get to feed one. Kylee and I fed a dolphin named Tangles. She was so cute! We had such an amazing time while there.
To help make more wishes like Kenna’s come true visit tripit.com/gift to donate your air miles to our Make-A-Wish miles drive. With your help we can send over 20 kids and their families on their wish trips.