When he was only 10 years old, Tanner was diagnosed with leukemia. While he went through treatment, he cherished memories from past family vacations as his source of hope and joy. For three years, while his donor’s bone marrow matured, Tanner had to live a life of isolation and seclusion, for fear of picking up a virus. When he was finally able to get back out into the world, Tanner chose a wish trip to Hawaii with his family, where he could break free from the restrictions he faced as a transplant patient.
In Hawaii, Tanner swam in the ocean, biked down a volcano, and attended a luau. His trip was the perfect escape with his family, and now his life-changing wish experience is something he will always remember.