PHOENIX, Ariz – International children’s charity Kids Wish Network celebrates the generosity of its partners who helped send Phoenix teenager Syrina, who is suffering from leukemia, on an all- expenses paid vacation to fulfill her childhood dream. Kids Wish Network is a Florida-based charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experienced life-altering situations.
“Every day, we work to ensure that children facing life-altering experiences are given the opportunity to smile a little brighter” said Anna Lanzatella, Executive Director of the kids Wish Network.
In the beginning of 2013, Syrina started to feel very ill. She thought she was battling a malicious stomach virus. After a week of being violently ill, she noticed that the pigment of her skin started to change into a dark, odd shade. She went to the emergency room where the doctors immediately diagnosed her with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), a type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow. Currently, after months of treatments, Syrina has not had much success. She is scheduled for a stem cell transplant with likely complications.
When Syrina was given the opportunity to have a wish granted through Kids Wish Network she asked to visit the many theme parks of Orlando, Florida. To bring Syrina’s dream to life, Kids Wish Network arranged an all-expenses paid trip, including accommodations at the WorldQuest Orlando Resort, dinner every evening and, of course, tickets to whichever theme parks she wanted to visit. While in Orlando, Syrina and her family were able to visit Hollywood Studios, Epcott and SeaWorld. Her favorite experiences at the theme parks were seeing the dolphins at SeaWorld and the Rock-N-Roll ride at Hollywood Studios.
“Being away with my family and doing something together was the greatest gift of all, thank you Kids Wish Network” said Syrina.
Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following for making Syrina’s wish so magnificent: Compassion Partners, WorldQuest Orlando, Flippers Pizza, Uno’s Chicago Grill, The Knife Restaurant, Transportation of Orlando, H&R Medical and Garden Grocer.