A little touch of Disney magic

Cancer survivor’s dream comes true

Published on April 20, 2017

A special day for a special girl took place this week when the Children’s Wish Foundation revealed it is sending Darcy Bogdanova and her family to Disney World. Pictured, from left, front: Diana (Mom), Lily (sister) and Darcy. Back: Terry Rhindress (volunteer), Selena MacDonald (Amherst sub-chapter co-ordinator), Bobby (father), Emily Ripely (Darcy’s Brownie leader) and CKDH’s Leanne Byrnes.

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An Amherst girl’s wishes have been answered and now she’s off to Disney World.

When Darcy Bogdanova was six years-old she was diagnosed with cancer. Less than a year later she was winning her battle and was in remission.

With her remission nearing the four-year mark, the Children’s Wish Foundation saw it fit to make Bogdanova’s dream come true. So, on April 17, Nova Scotia Wish Coordinator Jacob Rafuse granted her the vacation of her dreams.

Darcy is off to Disney World.

“I’m just so honoured and privileged to be a part of her journey,” Rafuse said. “It’s great to be able to take all distractions away and just let a family be a family again.”

Bogdanova and her younger sister were quiet at the wish announcement, but excitement could be seen in their eyes as they were told about the new ride, which is based on the movie Frozen.

“I just think she was just trying to decide what princess she was going to see first,” Rafuse joked.

The girls can’t wait to meet their favourite Disney characters and take in all the activities but what they may be looking forward to most is the hotel’s all-day ice cream parlor, Rafuse said.

He even joked with the girls, making them promise they would have ice cream for breakfast at least once.

“Darcy was definitely excited about the all-day ice cream parlor,” Amherst Sub-chapter coordinator Selena MacDonald said. “She definitely deserves this.”

The family was given a wish package that included t-shirts, buttons, sunscreen, colouring books, and autograph books for the whole family. They also received a car rental, plane tickets, and hotel reservations at a resort only available to wish children.

“The Give Kids the World resort is based after the board game Candy Land and is 100 per cent wheelchair accessible,” Rafuse said. “It even features its own private amusement park.”

The family will also receive funding to cover other expenses. The goal is to let them enjoy their vacation without having to pay a dollar of their own money.

“It’s a good ending to her journey,” MacDonald said. “It’s hard to explain how it feels to be a part of something like this.”


• Nova Scotia Children’s Wish Foundation is currently in the process of granting 98 wishes.

• Across Canada, the Children’s Wish Foundation grants an average of three wishes a day.