The Moore family, of Macomb Township, from left, Ellie, Brian, Ethan and Julianne. Ellie is currently receiving treatment for leukemia at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. She was diagnosed in September 2017.

The Moore family, of Macomb Township, from left, Ellie, Brian, Ethan and Julianne. Ellie is currently receiving treatment for leukemia at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. She was diagnosed in September 2017.

Photo provided by Julianne Moore


Local girl, 4, battling leukemia gets her ‘Wish’

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published February 18, 2019

 Four-year-old Ellie Moore, of Macomb Township, was recently named the 3,500th Rainbow Connection Wish Child. She and her family are going to Disney World in 2020.

Four-year-old Ellie Moore, of Macomb Township, was recently named the 3,500th Rainbow Connection Wish Child. She and her family are going to Disney World in 2020.

Photo provided by Julianne Moore

The Rainbow Connection announced two milestones earlier this month.

The first is that Elliana Moore, of Macomb Township, who goes by Ellie, became the 3,500th The Rainbow Connection Wish Child. Second, Ellie’s wish to visit Disney World is being sponsored by former wish recipient and 15-year cancer survivor Nadine Bazzi.

Ellie, 4, is currently receiving treatment for leukemia at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. She was diagnosed in September 2017, and her end of treatment date is Nov. 17.

“We were so thankful when we heard about the trip,” Ellie’s mother, Julianne Moore, said. “It’s amazing because Nadine went through what Ellie is going through now when she was a kid. We’re very inspired by what she’s done.”    

The Rainbow Connection, a Michigan-based charity, makes dreams come true for Michigan children with life-threatening illnesses and provides support services to their families.

To be considered a Wish Child, Ingrid Todt, The Rainbow Connection wish director, said four criteria must be met, including diagnosis of a life-threatening illness and being a first-time wish recipient.  

Bazzi, of Dearborn Heights, went on her The Rainbow Connection wish trip to Disney World in Orlando, Florida, with her family in 2002.

While at Disney World, Ellie wants to meet the princesses, go on all of the rides, and eat lots of ice cream.

Her favorite Disney princess, which Julianne said changes by the week, currently is Ariel from “The Little Mermaid.”

Bazzi, now 22, decided to pursue her dream of giving back to those who helped her along her cancer journey. She started a GoFundMe page with a goal of raising $5,000 to sponsor the wish of another child. As of press time, the page, “Make a Wish -- The Rainbow Connection” has raised $10,120 from over 160 donors. 

“Her being the 3,500th makes me feel like choosing The Rainbow Connection to grant her wish was the right choice,” Julianne said. “It drives home the fact the we chose the right location.”

Prior to hearing about Bazzi’s efforts, Julianne said the family was already looking for Ellie to be a Wish Child. 

The GoFundMe page states that when Bazzi was 4, she was diagnosed with leukemia. Her treatment lasted about two years.

“This bump in the road shaped me into the person I am today, and the hardships I endured have given me a new perspective on life,” Bazzi said. “Being a cancer survivor has played a huge role in helping me figure out my purpose in life.”

She added that The Rainbow Connection did everything in their power to make sure her trip was perfect. 

“The Rainbow Connection was able to make me feel like a little princess and made me forget about all the bad that was going on in my life,” Bazzi said. “Going on this trip made me forget about the cancer. It made me forget about the nurses, the doctors, the needles, the shots and my hair loss.” 

She teamed up with The Rainbow Connection to make someone’s wish come true. 

“This organization has done so much for me over the last 15 years, and it is my duty to give back in a way that was given to me,” Bazzi said. 

The Moore family will be heading to Disney World for the first time in February or March of 2020. 

The Rainbow Connection annually grants between 150 and 165 wishes.