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Wishes do come true – Update on Taylor’s wish to go to Australia

Left: Hayley (left) and Nancy (right) Warner celebrate the good news with Taylor (center) that he will be going to Australia. Right: Taylor received VIP treatment from United Airlines and was given a special tour of the cockpit before take off.

By Lisa Nicklanovich; photos courtesy of Nancy Warner

Taylor Easterberg was thrilled when in 2010, he became a Make-A-Wish® recipient at Rock Canyon High School (RCHS). Taylor’s dream of visiting The Great Barrier Reef in Australia began when he was just two years old he and saw the movie “Finding Nemo.” Taylor’s mom, Michelle, said “he was clearly in awe of the beauty underwater life had to offer.”

He was less than a week away from boarding the plane to Australia when suddenly Taylor needed to go back to the hospital. Taylor’s battle with cancer meant he had to postpone the trip, which turned into two years of waiting. Despite the cancer, Taylor remained hopeful and now the wait is finally over; Taylor got the go-ahead from his doctors to make the 9,000 mile journey to Australia to see “what Nemo saw.”

To inform Taylor of the good news, Castle Pines resident Nancy Warner (Taylor’s wish grantor from Make-A-Wish) and her daughter Hayley (who started the Kids for Wish Kids program at RCHS) visited Taylor in the hospital and presented him with an Australian-inspired stuffed animal; a kangaroo of course. A note was attached that read, “Will you take me to Australia?”

After reading the note, the excitement set in that in a few short days he would be visiting some of the greatest attractions that Sydney had to offer. His itinerary included the famous Sydney SEA LIFE aquarium with the world’s biggest and most impressive Great Barrier Reef exhibit, the Sydney Opera House, the Taronga Zoo, the botanical gardens, and the local beaches. The community is very excited for Taylor’s wish to come true and we look forward to hearing all about his Sydney adventure! For more information about Taylor’s wish trip and his other recent adventures, visit the “Taylor Easterberg’s Adventures” Facebook page.



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