FRESNO, CA: Angela Raygoza is a happy, friendly 9-year-old who is suffering from a life-threatening illness. But this past month, Angela didn’t let her disability stand in the way while she enjoyed the place ‘where the magic began’ on an all-expense paid wish to Disneyland granted by children’s charity Kids Wish Network.
Diagnosed at birth with Spina Bifida, Angela suffers from scoliosis, hydrocephalous and seizures as a result of her condition. Hydrocephalous, a condition where water accumulates on the brain, has been a grave concern of her parents and physicians. Angela received a surgical shunt in her brain to help mildly relieve the accumulating pressure. Angela’s seizure condition is ongoing and is regulated by daily medication but she still relies on a wheelchair or walker to get around and requires a catheter at all times.
Kids Wish Network granted Angela’s wish by providing her and her family of four a deserving vacation to Disneyland where Angela could forget about her illness and take part in the magic. Thanks to the children’s charity, Angela and her family enjoyed every aspect of the wish starting with the family road-trip to their luxury accommodations at the Hilton Anaheim Hotel.
Angela was more than excited about her wish and couldn’t wait to hit the parks. She visited Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure Park. Two full days at the parks, complete with meeting Disney characters and enjoying children’s rides wore Angela out, but she was still eager to visit Universal Studios and experience all it has to offer. One of her favorite surprises was the amazing dinner provided by Buffalo Wild Wings as chicken wings are Angela’s favorite food.
“Angela enjoyed everything about her wish,” says her dad, Juan Zapata. “She, and the whole family, had so much fun. Thank you to Kids Wish Network for making her wish come true.”
Kids Wish Network would like to thank all the generous sponsors that helped Angela, and her family, enjoy a deserving break: Disneyland, Hilton Anaheim, Captain Kidd’s Restaurant, Buffalo Wild Wings, Red Robin and Universal Studios.
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 experience life-altering situations. Come experience the Kids Wish Network difference.