Cassandra was born with her spinal column exposed, through a condition called myelomeningocele, which is a form of spina bifida. Spina bifida is condition that causes significant problems including paralysis and a compromised immune system, which can lead to other life-threatening illnesses. Because of this condition, Cassandra is unable to walk and relies solely on a wheelchair for mobility. Cassandra also suffers from hydrocephalus, a condition in which cerebrospinal fluid builds up in the skull, putting intense pressure on the brain. In order to relieve the pressure, Cassandra’s doctors implanted a shunt in her skull to help drain the fluid. Since the shunt was implanted, her doctors have had to surgically revise it three different times. Spina bifida has also caused Cassandra to have a neurogenic bladder, for which she suffered through a bladder augmentation surgery. This condition causes painful kidney stones that are constantly recurring.
For her wish, Cassie got to meet her hero, Howie Mandel! She was starstruck when Howie walked into the room, but Cassie made sure to tell him how much she loved him. She even gave him a special Build-a-Bear she created just for him.
Wish Type: Celebrity