Mile Marker Children

Brody Morris

Brody Morris

Age: 14

Hometown: Ashland

14-year-old Brody of Ashland, Alabama was diagnosed with Chiari malformation at birth. Living with a brain defect has presented many challenges, but Brody has overcome them all with a smile. He traveled to Disney World with his family in 2014. Now, he and his mom work together to volunteer for Magic Moments to give back to other children suffering from life-threatening illnesses.

Alyssa Grace Lee

Alyssa Grace Lee

Age:11

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Alyssa, 11, suffers from a rare neurological disorder that leaves her wheelchair bound and dependent upon a device to communicate. However, you’ll almost never catch Alyssa without a smile on her face! She became a part of the Magic Moments family in 2013 when she and her family traveled to Disney World. Since then, she has continually inspired staff and volunteers alike with her sweet demeanor and can-do attitude.

Zander Bice

Zander Bice

Age: 11

Hometown:

Zander, 11, battled cancer as a young child – and won! Although he still has frequent visits to Children’s of Alabama for scans and testing, Zander is now a healthy, happy young man. In June 2019, he was able to travel to Disney World courtesy of Magic Moments. “Our family never would have been able to afford a trip like this,” his grandmother, Dianne, said. “Magic Moments made everything so special for him.”

Lauren Burkes-Moore

Lauren Burkes-Moore

Age: 16

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16-year-old Lauren has spent much of her life in and out of the hospital. To pass the time, she began watching cooking shows and developed a passion for baking. In 2018, Lauren’s dream came true when Magic Moments sent her to New York City to take cake decorating classes under some of the best teachers in the country. Her mother said, “The experience was very motivating and allowed her creativity to thrive.”

Will Nailen

Will Nailen

Age: 13

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13-year-old Will was your regular, active young man. He wrestled for his school’s team and loved spending time outdoors. When he started having hip pain, no one ever imagined he would be diagnosed with osteosarcoma. Since then, Will has endured dozens of rounds of chemotherapy and surgery. As an avid lake-goer, Will’s magic moment request was to visit the most beautiful Lake in America – Lake Tahoe! He and his family spent the week making memories they’ll never forget.

Oliver Trammell

Oliver Trammell

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While most kids are learning to walk and talk, 5-year-old Oliver was battling brain cancer. Now in complete remission, Oliver chose the San Diego Zoo as his magic moment request. “Not only did Oliver get to see some of his favorite animals up close and personal, he also got to see and experience the beach and ocean for the first time,” his mom, Beth, said. “He loved taking taxis and ferries. It was a perfect trip for him!”

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Ocean Kelly

Age: 5

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Ocean, 5, has never let her genetic disorder hold her back. Her magic moment request wasn’t just to go to Disney World – it was to become a mermaid at Disney World. Magic Moments sent her to Orlando with her family where she met plenty of mermaids as well as every single Disney princess. “Ocean felt like a princess the entire trip,” her mom, Star, said. “She still feels like one to this day.”

Landon Waldrop

Landon Waldrop

Age: 16

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Everything changed after Landon was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder as a child. While his friends rode bikes and played sports, Landon had to avoid any activity that could lead to a bleed and was frequently hospitalized for fevers and infections. Now 16, Landon is learning what it looks like to manage his illness as a young adult. Last year, he kicked off the school year with the shopping spree of a lifetime thanks to Magic Moments. “This organization is really the gift that keeps on giving,” Landon’s mom, Dana, said.

Kierstynn Turner

Kierstynn Turner

Age: 10

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In 2016, Magic Moments provided Kierstynn and her family with the trip of a lifetime. Kierstynn was diagnosed with spina bifida at birth and uses a wheelchair. She and her family traveled to Disney World for a full week where Kierstynn got to meet her personal hero, Snow White. She even got to have a private meet and greet with Prince Eric! Kierstynn is now 10 years old, but still fondly remembers how special she felt during her special trip to Disney.

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Jordan Miller

Age: 13

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Jordan, now 13 years old, was diagnosed with cancer as a young child. In 2014, Magic Moments sent Jordan and her family to Disney World. Jordan’s favorite part? Around the clock ice cream! Since then, Jordan has become a part of the Magic Moments family – she and her family come to Family Camp each year at Lake Martin.

Kaylee Cross

Kaylee Cross

Age: 12

Hometown:

12-year-old Kaylee struggles with several different neurological diagnoses that affect her ability to live a normal life. Something like Disney World – where she would be required to stand in lines for long periods of time and walk long distances – always seemed impossible for her. That was, until she was introduced to Magic Moments. Through her magic moment trip to Disney World in Fall 2019, Kaylee was able to ride every ride without waiting in line. Magic Moments was also able to provide her with the medical equipment she needed to make the journey from park to park. For a week, she got to experience Disney World just like every other child.

JaMari Johnson

JaMari Johnson

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JaMari was a normal 12-year-old boy until he was diagnosed with a rare heart condition in 2018. Complications from a surgery to correct the condition almost took JaMari’s life, but he fought through. To celebrate, he traveled with his family to Disney World last summer. Although he loved riding roller coasters and staying at Give Kids the World, his favorite part was experiencing the whole trip with his family, courtesy of Magic Moments.

Jax Niceley

Jax Niceley

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At only 5 years old, Jax almost lost his life in a serious car accident. His mother was killed on impact whereas Jax was airlifted to the closest hospital and then to Children’s of Alabama, where he would spend months fighting to regain his basic skills. Although nothing can ever negate the difficult circumstances Jax has had to endure, Magic Moments gave him the opportunity to focus on being a regular kid for a week last summer at Disney World with his family.

Jalen Hall

Jalen Hall

Age: 15

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15-year-old Jalen has played football since he was 5 years old. In June 2018 at his first high school practice, he passed out on the field from a heat stroke. Jalen was initially given less than 10% chance of survival, but after months of recovery, he learned to walk and talk again. To celebrate his miraculous recovery, Jalen’s social worker at Children’s of Alabama referred him to Magic Moments. His request? A trip to the 2019 Super Bowl in Atlanta, Georgia where he and his mom got to watch the New England Patriots sweep the Los Angeles Rams.

Ethan Johnson

Ethan Johnson

Age: 8

Hometown:

In the eight years since Ethan was born, he has proven himself a fighter. He battles a multitude of diagnoses, but he was able to take a break from that in 2015 when Magic Moments sent him to Disney World with his family. “What was so special about it was that we didn’t have to worry about being at appointments for a week,” Ethan’s mom, Robin, said. “It was a gift to watch Ethan spend time with his brothers instead of his brothers having to come visit him in a hospital room. It’s something I will cherish forever.”

Chelynn Pargo

Cheylnn Pargo

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When Cheylnn was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder at six years old, her life changed dramatically. Cheylnn had many bad days, which she would pass by watching movies at home. Her favorites are superhero movies – particularly Captain America, because she identifies with his having to overcome obstacles. When Chelynn learned about Magic Moments, her request was an obvious one. She traveled to Los Angeles in April 2019 to walk the red carpet for the Marvel Avengers Endgame premiere.

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Bryant Lay

Age: 9

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After Bryant, 9, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 2018, he was forced to spend over six months at Children’s of Alabama, separated from his siblings. In 2019, not only did Bryant go into remission, but he also got to travel to Disney World with his whole family courtesy of Magic Moments. “It was a dream come true for us!” his mother, Elizabeth, said.

Aubreigh Cowart

Aubreigh Cowart

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Aubreigh is six years old and suffers from a rare genetic disorder. Her favorite part of her magic moment – a trip to Disney World in 2018 with her family – was being made over into a princess at the Bippity Boppity Boutique.  “It was so special watching her light up at all of the magic at every turn,” her mother, Megan, said.

Braxton Drew

Braxton Drew

Age: 6

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Six-year-old Braxton has overcome a lot of obstacles in a short period of time. At only ten weeks old, he began suffering from uncontrollable seizures before having a stroke. He was later diagnosed with cerebral palsy and now uses a wheelchair to get around. But the first thing you notice about Braxton isn’t his chair – it’s the big smile on his face! Last year, Magic Moments had the opportunity to make Braxton’s smile even bigger when they sent him to Disney World with his family. The best part? Magic Moments went above and beyond to make Braxton’s vacation accessible. Instead of worrying how to get from point A to point B, Braxton was able to focus on having the time of his life and meeting his favorite character, Mickey Mouse!

Andrew Ashley

Andrew Ashley

Age: 6

Hometown:

6-year-old Andrew suffers from a rare genetic disorder. In 2018, complications from his disorder led to him needing a liver transplant. After a long recovery, Andrew and his family were finally able to travel to Disney World for his magic moment over Christmas Break in 2019. Andrew loved Disney – but his absolute favorite was visiting Legoland.

Macoy Calhoun

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When you think of arthritis, a four-year-old might not be the first person who comes to mind – but Macoy suffers from a rare form of arthritis that attacks joints and organs all over his body. He could forget about the grueling treatments he’s had to endure in 2019 when Magic Moments sent him and his family to Disney World. Macoy’s parents said he was treated like royalty throughout the trip. For a week, Macoy got to forget about the pain of his condition and just enjoy being a child.

Kenan Duke

Age: 9

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When Kenan, 9, was undergoing treatment for pediatric cancer at Children’s of Alabama, video games were often the only way he could stay in touch with his younger brother. When it came time for Kenan’s magic moment to be granted, he chose a new gaming room. Now, he’s completed treatment and instead of connecting with his little brother online, they get to play together in person in Kenan’s customized game room.

Amelia Arsenault

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Amelia has never let her diagnosis of a rare endocrine disorder hold her back from being a die-hard sports fan and athlete. When it came time for her to make her magic moment request, it was a no-brainer – she and her family traveled to Brooklyn, New York this past winter to watch her hero, Kyrie Irving, tear it up on the basketball court.

Ethan Paschal

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When Ethan was only 14 months old, his parents’ world was turned upside down when their healthy baby boy was admitted to Children’s of Alabama for unexplained organ failure. After weeks of testing, a blood test determined that Ethan has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Not only did Magic Moments provide Ethan and his family with an all-expense paid trip to Disney World in 2016, they also provided the Paschal family with a support network of other special needs families through their Beyond the Moment programming. Each year, the Paschals enjoy Family Camp, nights with the Montgomery Biscuits and more thanks to Magic Moments.

Savannah Hopper

Age: 11

Hometown:

Savannah, 11, was diagnosed with stage 3 Burkitt’s Lymphoma in Fall 2018. This was the beginning of almost six months of grueling treatment. Although Savannah is now cancer-free, she still faces a long journey of clinic visits, scans, and complications from the chemotherapy. Her parents wanted to give her something to look forward to at the end of the journey, so they contacted Magic Moments. In December 2019, Savannah and her family got to take the trip of a lifetime to Disney World in Orlando. Savannah was able to put treatment behind her and focus on being a princess, even if only for a short while.

Jacob Smitherman

Age: 14

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Jacob is 14 years old and has struggled with complications from sickle cell anemia since birth. In 2019, he and his family traveled to New York City courtesy of Magic Moments. For a week, Jacob got to forget about hospital rooms and infusions and instead focus on hop-on hop-off tours of the Big Apple, museums, shopping and more.