OLDSMAR – Kids Wish Network recently held its Open House and Ribbon Cutting Extraordinaire on October 24, to celebrate its new location and facility, designed to help further its mission in making even more dreams come true for special children living with terminal illnesses.
Members of the Oldsmar, Clearwater, Pinellas Park, St. Petersburg and Tampa Chambers of Commerce, local businesses, “wish families,” special guests Chris Daniels of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and news reporter Serena Fazon, of ABC Ch. 28, gathered to help Kids Wish Network celebrate its exciting news.
Highlights included a proclamation read on behalf of State Representative Leslie Waters, tours of the new facility, a silent auction, door prizes and guests seeing firsthand the excitement that two “Wish Kids” experienced when their wishes actually came true.
Timothy, of Seminole, a 3-year-old withTracheal Stenosis, was presented with a trip to Give Kids the World, a magical resort catering to the unique needs of families who have children with life-threatening illnesses. His family also received tickets to all Disney theme parks, Universal Studios and Sea World, compliments of Kids Wish Network and Give Kids the World. Jessica, a teenager from Sarasota with Cystic Fibrosis, received her only wish, a laptop computer, complete with a printer, Internet access and tech support. The computer meant more to Jessica than most teens, since she needed help keeping up with her academic course load during her frequent hospital visits.
Generous sponsors for the event included Salt Rock Grill, Crawdaddy’s, Southern Wine and Spirits, Embassy Suites USF, Crystal Springs Water, Crown Royal, Rosebud Bakery, Coca-Cola and Publix.
Kids Wish Network staffers at the Open House and Ribbon Cutting Extraordinaire, from front row, left, are Gloria Vettese, Monnie Wasserman, Toni Singh, board of director, and Terri McConn; back row, Dee Anyon, Mark Breiner, Shelley Breiner, Barbara Askin, Jeanne Norton and Treena Prusan-Pyle.
Timothy, age 4, held by his father Ernesto, opens a special care package put together especially for him, before he is presented with his trip to Give Kids the World.
Kids Wish Network is a nationally recognized non-profit organization whose mission is to grant wishes to children who have life-threatening illnesses. If you know a child between the ages of 3 and 18 who may be in need of their wish granting services, please call (813)891-9374 or toll free at (888)918-9004. You can also visit Kids Wish Network’s web site at www.kidswishnetwork.org.