COSTA MESA — Suzy Hermes and her family were getting ready to go on a once-in-a-lifetime Disney cruise to the Bahamas through the Make-A-Wish Foundation when everything spun out of control.
Her youngest daughter, who was getting her wish granted, ended up in the hospital. Her oldest daughter was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disorder. Her husband was hospitalized.
Everything seemed to fall apart, and the family had to postpone the cruise for three months. But the thought of finally taking the voyage helped Hermes and her family stay positive during their hardships.
"It gave us something we could look forward to and have this joy," Hermes, an Irvine resident, told Corona del Mar High School's Make-A-Wish Club on Thursday.
The club, along with Newport Coast Elementary School, this week celebrated granting a wish for two Orange County children with life-threatening illnesses.