A Boy with Cerebral Palsy is the Pixar Prince

“Riley loved every Toy Story ride”

At 6 weeks old, doctors discovered a subarachnoid cyst that took up three-quarters of Riley’s brain. Doctors immediately performed surgery and implanted a shunt to relieve some of the pressure. Unfortunately, the shunt failed and Riley needed another surgery to replace it. When Riley was 18 months old, doctors discovered the cyst was placing excess pressure on his eyes, causing them to cross. By the time he was 8 years old, Riley had already suffered through seven eye surgeries. Growing up, Riley faced other health problems as well. When he was 6, his legs started to twist inward and required braces. Finally, when Riley was 9 years old, he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder that affects movement and fit all of Riley’s lifelong symptoms.

Kids Wish Network granted Riley’s heart’s desire to take a trip to Orlando in order to visit all of the parks at Disney World! Riley loved all of the fabulous attractions at Magic Kingdom. After park hopping over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Riley zipped through a virtual, 4D shootin’ gallery of carnival games in Toy Story Mania. Then he caught the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular show, a highlight of his day since Riley is a huge fan of the Indiana Jones movie series..

Kids Wish Network arranged for Riley to enjoy special meals at a number of wonderful restaurants during his wish trip. While dining at Pizza Xtreme, two X-Men characters showed up for a surprise visit to spend time with Riley courtesy of Once Upon a Party. Kids Wish Network planned everything specifically with Riley in mind to suit his personality and interests. All of the amazing details made Riley feel like a king. Riley’s trip was exceptional and he couldn’t have asked for a better wish!

Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following Guardian Angel sponsors for participating in Riley’s wish:

• Compassion Partners
• Merlin’s Magic Wand
• Sea Life
• Madame Tussauds
• Orlando Eye
• Emeril’s Restaurant
• Garden Grove Restaurant
• Bahama Breeze
• Pizza Xtreme
• Comfort Inn Suites Universal
• National Car Rental
• Once Upon a Party


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