Monday, February 21, 2011

Disney Trip Press Release

The Kids Wish Network wrote a press release about granting Sara's wish!  I thought I would share it with all of you.  It made me cry, so you might want to have a tissue handy.

Kids Wish Network Grants Disney World Wish to Westminster Girl with Illness

WESTMINSTER, Colo. - A little girl suffering from a life-threatening tumor disorder has her wish to visit the Florida theme parks granted through national children’s charity Kids Wish Network and the Westminster Elks Lodge #2227.

Sara suffers Neurofibromatosis Type 1, which causes tumors to grow in various parts of the body.  Sara’s tumors are located below her waist, including a baseball sized tumor in her abdomen.  There are tumors growing in her right leg, which has made the leg two times the size of the left leg.  Sara is continually monitored and must get MRIs often. 

When Sara was referred by a family friend to children’s charity Kids Wish Network to have a wish granted, her first request was to visit Disney World in Orlando, Florida. And now, with the help of the Westminster Elks Lodge #2227, Sara’s wish was just granted.

Once in Orlando, Sara and her family followed an itinerary sent by Sara’s wish coordinator that included accommodations at the famous Royal Plaza Hotel, dinners every evening and, of course, tickets to every theme park that Sara could ever want to visit.

“It was amazing,” said Sara’s mother, Julie. “Sara's exact wish was to see Mickey Mouse, and it was granted!”

Sara, her mother and her grandfather visited Disney’s Animal Kingdom, EPCOT Center and Magic Kingdom.

For Sara, her wish was a whirlwind of magic that didn’t end. According to Julie, Sara loved everything, especially meeting the characters, riding the rides and even having a princess makeover at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique!

“I still can't believe it,” said Julie of her little girl’s wish. “I was filled with tears at some points, like when she met Mickey and Minnie.  It was so great to see her smile so big and her so excited about being there… Kids Wish Network is amazing!  They really do make wishes come true, and I'm so grateful that they were able to give my daughter something I can't.  Being a single mom, I never would have been able to give my daughter a trip like that on my own.  I can't say thank you enough for all the smiles and laughter they've brought to my daughter's life!  There are no words for how truly appreciative I am for all they've done!”

Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following for helping to make Sara’s wish extra special: Westminster Elks Lodge #2227, Compassion Program, Royal Plaza Hotel, Pirates Dinner Theater, Fulton’s Crab House, The California Pizza Kitchen, Dollar Rent-A-Car and Wonderworks.   

Kids Wish Network is a national charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experienced life-altering situations. Kids Wish Network assists children and their families through several key programs. Every child deserves a chance at happiness; a wish is just a way of bringing them that joy. If you would like to sponsor a child’s wish or if you know a child who is suffering from a life-threatening illness and may be in need of Kids Wish Network’s wish granting services, please call 727-937-3600 or toll free  888-918-9004. For more information on Kids Wish Network, visit their website at
Written by: Editorial Staff

1 comment:

  1. Darn it, you were right...I should have grabbed a tissue first! So awesome!!!