Barbara Goes to Disney

Barbara, 67, has always shared a love for Disney. When Disney World first opened its doors in 1971, she always had the desire to visit the iconic castle and take pictures alongside Mickey Mouse. Sadly, Barbara suffers from Alzheimer’s, which can make it difficult at times for her to recall aspects of her life. Barbara’s daughter, Suzanne, explained that her mother has not mentioned a word of traveling in nearly two years, but recently she has become adamant about walking Main Street USA one last time with her granddaughters.

Over the past few years Barbara has not had the desire to leave the house on too many occasions, which is why her request to go to Disney World came as a bit of a shock to the rest of the family. Though she has been to Disney World in her past, she has never shared the experience with her entire family. Visiting the park would have a lasting impact on Barbara because she could get a family photo, as well as make fond memories with her loved ones. Barbara explained that sharing this moment with her family in this magical place would mean the absolute world to her. “If I could feel like a kid again, even if just for a moment,” she said.

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More than anything, Barbara has constantly put her family’s needs before her own—she always did her best to be the most amazing wife and mother. She served as an active volunteer, giving numerous hours to Lopatcong Township Emergency Squad Women’s Auxiliary—she also led Girl Scouts and coached basketball and softball locally. Barbara was a short order cook for 10 years at a small family operated fast food stand, where she later worked in retail. Barbara spent the majority of her career working as a bank teller for 20 years before retiring nearly four years ago. As of now, she likes to spend time around her family and complete crossword puzzles.

Wish of a Lifetime granted Barbara’s last Wish by sending her and her husband, Bruce, to Disney World with the rest of their family on July 4th. Barbara counted down the days until the trip, while never letting the smile leave her face when she got there. Her daughter shared, “This wish did not just benefit my mom’s future, but it has impacted the lives of all six of us as well.” Even though Barbara is living with Alzheimer’s, she still recounts the memories she made at Disney World with the people she loved most, which is truly remarkable!

“Her eyes were as big as silver dollars!” said Suzanne.

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Photography Credits: Kevin Davis with “Photos by Kevin Davis”

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July 14, 2016