Make-A-Wish Surprises Grand Rapids Girl with Caribbean Vacation

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: December 30, 2018 10:17 PM

An 11-year-old Grand Rapids girl that has gone through a number of open heart surgeries received the surprise of a lifetime when Make-A-Wish granted her wish she's been wanting for a long time, a family vacation to the Caribbean.

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Her family and Make-A-Wish decided to surprise her with the vacation by telling her at the birthday party they threw for her and her sister.

Macey Niewind and her sister had spent the night at their grandparents Saturday. They were both shocked to see a horse carriage filled with their friends and family when they came back home Sunday.

“It's kind of emotional to come in the driveway with the horse and everybody standing there watching you pull up and see the look on their faces and how excited she got,” Randy Niewind, Macey’s father, said.

“I was so surprised, I was shaking so bad,” Macey said.

Now that Macey’s health is better, Make-A-Wish granters wanted to finally grant her long-awaited wish.

Her wish was put on hold for a while because she's been in and out of hospitals due to a heart condition she has. Macey has had a number of open heart surgeries since she’s been little.

“She had three surgeries within four months, three open heart surgeries. Finally after the last surgery last December she was well enough to start talking about the trip and what she would like to do,” Cathy Niewind, Macey’s mother, said.

"When we interviewed her to see what her dream was, she was so thoughtful and considerate of her whole family. So going on a Caribbean cruise is really about their whole family getting away getting to spend time together,” Kay Libby, a local Make-A-Wish granter, said.

Once the girls got on the horse carriage with their family and friends, another surprise awaited them.

Little did Macey know that around the corner, her entire family and Make-A-Wish granters were waiting to surprise her with the dream vacation.

“I didn't know what was going on and I saw the sign that said I was going to the Caribbean and was like, seriously?!” Macey said.

“It's going to be a once in a lifetime thing. With having four kids and lots of medical stuff and just to be able to go on a trip and not worry about how all her medicines are going to get there, that's my Make-A-Wish, that all of the planning and stuff is taken care of and we can just go have a really good time,” Cathy said.

A much needed and well-deserved vacation the Niewind family will be looking forward to. The family will be going on their eight day vacation in February.

“I’m super excited we've never been on a cruise and I think the girls, especially Macey, is looking forward to it,” Randy said.

"It is a fairytale. I think it's something that probably wouldn't have ever happened without Make-A-Wish being involved so we are very thankful,” Cathy said.


Alejandra Palacios

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