Meet Cailee Frost, a 6-year-old in Phoenix living with a rare genetic eye disease that causes progressive vision loss.
Cailee was diagnosed with the disease, called FEVR (familial exudative vitreoretinopathy), at 18 months, when she first got her vision checked based on "a very strange motherly gut instinct," her mother, Catrina Frost, told BuzzFeed News.
She said it is likely that Cailee will eventually become blind within five years, but it's impossible to know for sure.
“We rode this roller coaster for a really long time," she said. "It could be now, it could be five years from now, it could be 10 years from now, it could be never."
Frost has made her daughter a "sightseeing bucket list" and is aiming to check off every item while Cailee still has her vision.
The idea came to Frost during a drive to a doctor's appointment in California, when she pointed out the Imperial Sand Dunes and told Cailee "that's where sand castles come from."
"We stopped there, and there was no one else there," Frost said. "The sand was just beautiful and untouched. She just ran up and down the sand dunes for close to an hour. She was filthy, dirty, rolling around, making sand angels. It was a glorious, beautiful time."
"I realized those are the moments that she’s getting to feel the textures, getting to build those experiences," Frost said. "So that’s when I thought, I need to make a list — places we need to go, things that she needs to touch and see and experience."
Just a few days later, she took Cailee to SeaWorld and the beach, which would become the first two stops on their adventure.
“She had never seen the beach before," Frost said. "She was in total awe. She couldn’t believe how big it was.”
They stayed on the beach 'til sunset, jumping in waves and finding "heart rocks," which Cailee collects.
Frost launched a GoFundMe page on July 9 to help fund the list, and almost immediately got a message from a Disneyland cast member.
And while they only just got back from Disneyland, Frost says they already have quite a list of things to do next.
They include camping, horseback riding, seeing The Nutcracker, attending a hot air balloon festival, visiting the Redwood forest, and even going to New York Fashion Week.
"Cailee's totally a girly-girl," Frost said. "She loves fashion and dressing up and makeup."