Good Life Expeditions and MEDLIFE are working hand in hand with the Make a Wish Foundation to grant the wish of 17-year-old Layan Abdo
MEDLIFE, a non-profit organization based in Lima, Peru, and their partner travel agency Good Life Expeditions, are working with Make-A-Wish® to grant the wish of Layan Abdo. Layan is a 17-year-old girl who was diagnosed with cancer in 2016. She and her family live in the far northern suburbs of Chicago. Layan has expressed to Make-A-Wish Illinois that her dream is to spend time in Peru so that she can volunteer. With MEDLIFE and Good Life Expeditions’ support, her wish will be granted later this month.
A week-long itinerary is planned in Cusco, Peru where Layan will volunteer with MEDLIFE and travel with Good Life Expeditions - kicking off the week with MEDLIFE’s Healthy Homes development initiative in the community of Secsencalla. MEDLIFE renovates each family’s home in order to encourage and support the community in their fight to create healthier living situations. Layan and her family will work side by side the homeowners in sanding and painting the kitchen and bedroom walls, as well as helping construct and put up shelving to facilitate home organization. They’ll also spend the holidays at a local orphanage, making decorations with the kids and preparing chocolate goodies to share at a Christmas Party.
Of course, the family will round out their trip with a half day tour of the iconic Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has been astonishing explorers and travelers for years. Good Life Expeditions will tour Layan and her family through the monument as they learn about the Incas who built the site — visiting the temples, terraces, and all the best spots for photos. Through Good Life Expedition’s efforts, the family will also receive accommodations at popular hotels in the area, including Costa del Sol in Lima, Hotel Aranwa in Cusco, and El Mapi of Inkaterra in Aguas Calientes. All organizations are excited to work with Make a Wish, as giving back is at the core of our missions.