Hope For The Warriors® granted A Warrior’s Wish® to Mila’s family this past fall. Mila had been fighting an illness for more than four years and her only Wish was to visit Washington, D.C., tour the White House, and meet the Obamas. Mila's father attributes her fascination with President Obama to his inauguration in January 2009, when she and her classmates watched him sworn in on television. Mila's generation has grown up with his unprecedented election.
In 2009, when she was just four years old, Mila was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare cancer of the nervous system. With support from their tightknit Navy community, neighbors, and friends, her family faced Mila’s battle head on.
With great courage, the family recognized that Mila’s time was limited and they turned to Hope For The Warriors®. We put the final pieces in place to fly Mila and her family to Washington, D.C. in early September, working in collaboration with the Fisher House Foundation and Suite Solutions.
Mila and her family were greeted at the Reagan National Airport by a Hope For The Warriors® staff member. When they arrived at their luxury apartment, Hope For The Warriors® staff had already filled the refrigerator and cupboards with food for the week and a welcome basket with gifts for the family.
Prior to the family’s trip to D.C., Mila’s physicians and care team in San Diego scheduled a check-up appointment at the Children’s National Hospital right down the street from the family's apartment in Washington, D.C. and Hope For The Warriors® staff members drove Mila and her father to her hospital visit.
Just two weeks later, Mila passed away with her beloved family and friends by her side. Her young spirit will forever touch those who knew her and those who hear her story.
Hope For The Warriors® wanted this trip to be meaningful for young Mila, but we especially wanted her family to have a lasting memory of Mila and her dream come true. We were honored to give Mila and her family this final Wish as a way of spending special, memorable time together. As we remember Mila’s life and celebrate her remarkable strength, we know her family will hold the memory of this trip close to their hearts forever.