13-year-old Amy has spina bifida, a neural tube defect that occurs when the spinal column fails to close completely. The condition has affected the lower half of Amy’s body and she is confined much of the time to a wheelchair. In 2004, her doctors then discovered that Amy has a condition known as syringomyelia, which causes cysts to develop within the spinal cord. In addition, Amy has Chiari malformation, a structural defect in the cerebellum that causes a blockage in the flow of the fluid that protects the brain.
Amy had a full itinerary for her trip to Orlando to visit all of the theme parks there. In addition to the Magic Kingdom and Sea World, Amy hit the Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. “We were themed out!” laughed her mom, Jane. Amy returned home from her trip tired, but with plenty of pictures and even more wonderful memories.