Omaha, Neb. – A 9-year-old girl who suffers from a life-threatening illness had her wish to visit Florida theme parks come true with the help of national charity Kids Wish Network.
When Savannah was just 6-months-old, she was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. The disease, which results in the clogging of the lungs and pancreas, causes breathing problems and stops the production of enzymes necessary for food breakdown. Savannah has to use a breathing vest and takes various medications including enzymes and inhalers.
A professional fundraiser made a call to Savannah’s grandmother, and asked if she knew of any children with a life-threatening illness. She provided the fundraiser with Savannah’s name. When a Kids Wish Network Wish Referral Specialist contacted Savannah’s mother Monica to see if her daughter qualified for a wish, she was excited about what the program offered.
“I was very excited and pleased that this was happening for her,” Monica said.
Kids Wish Network Wish Coordinator Vanessa and Wish Funding Specialist Doris helped set up the trip for Savannah, her mother, father and brother. A round-trip flight, tickets to Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, a four-night hotel stay at The Royal Plaza Hotel, a trip to Wonderworks, various dinners including dining arrangements at Olive Garden, The Pirates Dinner Theatre and Wolfgang Puck Cafe, and spending money were included in her wish.
“We had a great time. All the dinners were amazing and I was very happy with the way that everything turned out,” said Monica.
Monica said Savannah really enjoyed dinner at Wolfgang Puck’s and that her daughter loved the celebrity feeling of meeting the chef, and all the special things they did to make her day even better.
“The whole experience was great. We got to be together and do something we would not have been able to do financially. Kids Wish Network did a great job,” Monica said.
Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following for helping to make Savannah’s wish extra special: The FOP Douglas County Lodge #2, Omaha State Troopers Association, American Legion Auxiliary 8 & 40 Club, Concerned Nebraskans for Cystic Fibrosis, The Royal Plaza Hotel, Pirates Dinner Theatre, Olive Garden, Wolfgang Puck Café and Wonderworks.
Kids Wish Network is a nationally recognized non-profit organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children. If you know a child between the ages of 3 and 18 who may be in need of its 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 www.kidswishnetwork.org