FAMILY FUN — Angela Storey, left, of Oneida joined her children Xavier and Isabelle on a trip to Hawaii that was paid for by Make-A-Wish Central New York. Isabelle suffered from a life-threatening gastrointestinal disorder, but the trip helped the family forget their troubles for a while. (Photo submitted)

Oneida girl enjoys Hawaiian trip through Make-A-Wish

Published Mar 13, 2016 at 9:00am

ONEIDA — Make-A-Wish Central New York recently helped ease Isabelle Storey’s battle against a life-threatening gastrointestinal disorder by sending her on a trip to Hawaii with her family.

During the trip, the 9-year-old had a chance to go scuba diving, whale watching and take surfing lessons.

“Learning to surf was one my favorite parts of the trip,” Isabelle said.

Isabelle’s wish was made possible through Jewelers for Children, a charity founded in 1999 by the U.S. jewelry industry with the goal of helping children in need.

Jewelers for Children connects nearly 3,400 companies that have combined for nearly $48 million to aid programs that benefit children suffering from illness, abuse or neglect. In fiscal year 2015 they donated approximately $750,000 to Make-A-Wish America to help make wishes for children come true.

Make-A-Wish Central New York is a non-profit organization dedicated to granting the special wishes of children between the ages of two-and-a-half and 18 who are living with life-threatening conditions.

Since 1985 they have granted over 1,600 wishes through the 15-county area which they serve.

“This trip was something our entire family enjoyed,” Isabelle’s mother, Angela Storey, said.

Visit jewelersforcjhildren.org, www.cny.wish.org or call 475-9474 for more information.