Local Girl with Life-Threatening Panhypopituitarism Is Granted Wish By Kids Wish Network

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OCEAN CITY, MD – International children’s charity Kids Wish Network is celebrating the generosity of its partners who helped send Mary Clare on an all-expenses paid wish to fulfill her childhood dream of going to Disney. 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.

“We are so thankful for our generous partners who help us put smiles on the faces of these young children struggling with life threatening circumstances,” said Kids Wish Network Executive Director Anna Lanzatella. “Their kindness and generosity is humbling and we cannot thank them enough.”

After doctor confirmed Mary Clare was not growing adequately she was referred to a pediatric endocrinologist who diagnosed her with panhypopituitarism and adrenal insufficiency. Tests also reveled a Chiari Malformation with syringomyelia.

Panhypopituitarism is a condition of inadequate or absent production of pituitary hormones. It is frequently the result of other problems that affect the pituitary gland and reduce its function. As a result, Mary Clare has adrenal insufficiency, the failure of the adrenal glands to produce sufficient amounts of cortisol and aldosterone. Mary Clare’s Chiari malformation with Syringomyelia is the result of part of her skull being abnormally small or misshapen, compressing her brain and forcing it downward into the spinal column. Mary Clare has undergone decompression surgery in hopes that this would relieve the pressure on her brain.

When Mary Clare was given the opportunity to have a wish granted through Kids Wish Network she was so excited and asked to go to Disney World. To bring her dream to life, Kids Wish Network arranged an all-expenses paid trip to the parks of her dreams, Animal Kingdom, Sea World, and Magic Kingdom. Mary Clare’s favorite part of the trip was, “…the safari at Animal Kingdom! She said, “I love animals!”

“This trip was something our family really looked forward to and I can’t thank Kids Wish Network enough. This whole process went beyond just going on a vacation. It’s knowing that people genuinely care about our daughter,” said Mary Clare’s mother, Tamara Matthias. “It was the only time our family has spent together that was focused on just having fun.”

Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following for making Mary Clare’s wish so spectacular:
Calypso Cay Resort, Compassion Partners, Red Lobster, Wonderworks, Pirates Dinner Adventure, Dollar Rent-A-Car, The Cheesecake Factory.


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