“Getting to go to Disney World made my surgery and the hospital stay seem not as bad.”
With a nick name like Princess, it’s only fitting that Allissa loves all things girly and the color pink. The bright and bubbly preteen usually has a smile on her face, even when she’s undergoing another surgery as the result of her life-threatening condition.
Allissa was born premature and spent the first two weeks of her life in the neonatal intensive care unit. At just 6 months, doctors inserted a feeding tube to help relieve the tiny child of GI complications. The feeding tube was removed when Allissa was 2, but her problems only escalated from there. In 2004, she was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis and has continually been in and out of hospitals ever since.
She suffers from chronic sinus problems, a common complication for those diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, and is pancreatic insufficient. She’s undergone 11 surgeries in her short years of life; more than one every single year. Her stays in the hospital range from one to six weeks each time, and most recently, she had her IV port replaced.
Allissa was discharged from her last surgery just in time to head off to Disney World on her wish trip granted by Kids Wish Network. She loved every aspect of the wish from the plane trip, where her parents surprised her with the wish, to the hotel to the amazing dinners. She got to meet Mickey Mouse, ride Space Mountain, tour the Animal Kingdom and, her favorite part, getting a Princess makeover at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Downtown Disney.
“My trip was very special to me,” Allissa recalls. “Getting to go to Disney World made getting my port seem not that bad. I hope every special kid like me gets to be this happy and have a wish granted!”
Allissa is currently doing well and continues to battle against her life-threatening condition.
Illness: Cystic Fibrosis
Wish: Visit Disney Word
Wish Category: Theme Parks