A once-in-a-lifetime trip

When Zoë defeated Hodgkin lymphoma in early 2009, her wish was to visit her grandmother and cousins in Kenya — none of whom she had ever met — to share the good news.

Zoë had spoken to her grandmother on the phone throughout her illness, but she had never been able to visit the country where a lot of her family still lives.

Zoë’s Starlight Wish came true in March 2009 when she and her father flew to Mombasa and enjoyed all the luxuries of their five-star all-inclusive hotel located right next to the beach. After experiencing some of the local Kenyan life, they made the important trip to meet Zoë’s beloved grandmother, aunties and cousins who had been waiting to meet her for so many years!

Zoë’s dad John said: “Seeing Zoë united with her maternal grandmother after everything that she has been through was an emotional experience for everyone… especially Zoë. Her family in Kenya have been supporting her via the phone through her cancer, and for her to see them having defeated it was an enormous boost. Starlight made the trip so special in every way, and without them, Zoë may have never been able to meet her family who love her so dearly.”