Fifteen year old Kianne from Jersey has been on her magical wish to go whale watching in Madeira!
In 2014, Kianne began vomiting and having migraines. When seeking medical advice she was then diagnosed with a brain tumour.
Her condition has brought on several other problems, including a form of diabetes and sleep apnoea and she also suffered a traumatic stroke which had a very long and tough recovery time.
watch the BBC Jersey interview with Kianne and her mum, Jane
Kianne has a passion for animals and loves anything to do with the sea. When she turned to us, her One True Wish was to go whale watching in Madeira with her family.
So in July 2017, her wish came true thanks to her amazing supporters! Kianne and her family travelled to Madeira, and had a magical time on two different whale watching trips, which were both kindly donated.
After being pre-warned that seeing the whales can be very day dependent, Kianne felt that she probably wouldn’t see any – so she was absolutely over the moon when she did - on both trips! They also saw lots of dolphins and a baby sea turtle!
Speaking of the wish, Kianne’s mum Jane told us, “The trip was fantastic from beginning to end! Both whale watching trips were amazing and so different. Both were gifted and they couldn’t have done more to accommodate Kianne.”
She also added, “She felt super special and is still in contact with one of the whale watching companies now as they send her footage of the whales.”
The rest of the trip was also fantastic for Kianne and her family; they went on a safari and dined at a 5 star restaurant!
The wish was such an amazing experience for Kianne and has given her memories she can treasure forever.
Kianne’s condition is now stable but she is still struggling with hypodermic weight gain and sleep apnoea.
In September, Kianne will be going to college which she is really excited about. She’s also keeping herself busy over the summer holidays by volunteering at a local brain tumour charity.
We'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who donated to help make Kianne's wish possible!