LOS ANGELES, Calif. – A little boy suffering from a life-threatening illness has his wish to visit Disneyland granted through children’s charity Kids Wish Network.
For nine days after his birth, Geo was fine; all of a sudden he developed jaundice, stopped breathing and his body went limp. After being rushed to the hospital, he was diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. This is a rare genetic disorder in which the left side of the heart is severely underdeveloped. Fifteen days later, little Geo endured his first open heart surgery. Since then, he’s suffered through two other open heart surgeries as well as enduring a stroke, which left him temporarily blind and deaf. Geo still suffers from seizures and his immune system is compromised. He is constantly in and out of the hospital and is on many varied medications.
During one of their many trips to the hospital, Geo’s mother Yadhira was talking with the mother of another patient when the woman mentioned children’s charity Kids Wish Network. She spoke of the wishes that they granted to children and, when Yadhira and her little boy returned home, she decided to see if that same charity could maker her son’s dream come true.
After the initial call, it wasn’t long before Geo was talking to Wish Coordinator Jill, who found out that the little boy’s only wish was to visit Disneyland.
With the help of Wish Funding Specialist Doris and some wonderful sponsors, Jill planned out a magnificent trip to Anaheim for Geo and his family including tickets to both Disney parks and Knott’s Berry Farm as well as planned dinners every evening at fantastic Anaheim restaurants.
“He had lots of fun,” said Yadhira of her son’s wish trip. “We had a lot of fun.”
For Geo, he enjoyed every exciting second at every park he visited. In fact, he had a hard time choosing a favorite park! However, he did know exactly what rides he liked the most: the “Sierra Sidewinder” rollercoaster at Knott’s Berry Farm and the “Grizzly River Run” at Disney’s California Adventure Park.
According to his mother, Geo’s wish was truly granted and that’s all that everyone at Kids Wish Network wanted for the special little boy.
For making Geo’s wish extra special, Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following: California Police Youth Charities, Disneyland Compassion Program, Knott’s Berry Farm, Best Western Meridian Inn & Suites, American Legion Post 465, St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Chick-Fil-A, TGI Friday’s, Olive Garden, Chili’s and the Rainforest Café.
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