PALMDALE, Cali – International children’s charity, Kids Wish Network sends 9- year-old Blake, who is suffering from a life-threatening illness, on an all-expenses paid trip to Disneyland. Kids Wish Network is a Florida-based organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experienced life-altering situations.
At 19 months of age Blake developed an autoimmune disease. Although doctors were able to get his autoimmune disease under control, he was continually in and out of the hospital with persistent headaches and relentless stomach aches. After a battery of tests and biopsies, doctors diagnosed him with Gastro paresis, and mitochondrial disease. Gastro paresis is a partial paralysis of the stomach, resulting in food remaining in the stomach for a longer time than normal. Mitochondrial is a group of disorders caused by dysfunctional mitochondria, the organelles that generate energy for a cell. Blake is now in stable condition but continues to struggle daily to control his autoimmune disease.
For his wish, Kids Wish Network arranged an all expenses paid trip to Disneyland for Blake and his family including tickets for Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure Park, as well as accommodations at the Embassy Suites Anaheim North and dinner each evening. Blake had a blast on the rollercoasters at the adventure park, especially on the Buzz Lightyear and Radiator Springs rides.
“I can’t believe I got to have this experience! Space Mountain was so cool. I’ll never forget meeting Mater from Cars.” said Blake. “Blake was so overjoyed. I want to thank Kids Wish Network for making Blake’s whole world, this means more to me than words can describe.” said Brandy, Blake’s mother.
“Nothing brings me more happiness than trying to put a smile on a child’s face, it truly is an amazing sight to see,” said Kids Wish Network Executive Director, Anna Lanzatella.
Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following for making Blake’s trip so spectacular: Disneyland, Disney’s California Adventure, Embassy Suites Anaheim North, Captain Kidd’s, Buca di Beppo, Shakey’s restaurant and Squirty’s Collision Center.