“Elliot like being chased by minions”
At just 10 months old, Wish Kid Elliot was diagnosed with a life-threatening and incurable illness: brittle type 1 diabetes mellitus, a term meaning the illness is extremely hard to control. Elliot’s body was too tiny for full doses of insulin so it took an entire weekend to regulate his blood sugar levels. Even though there is a family history of the disease, learning how to deal with Elliot’s particular form was difficult.
After doctors implanted an insulin pump in 2012, Elliot was doing well for a short time in controlling his dangerously high spikes. However, in 2014, Elliot suffered from an episode of diabetic ketoacidosis, a major, life-threatening complication of type 1 diabetes. Because of the constant changes in Elliot’s blood sugar levels, he has started to experience the life-altering symptoms of the disease; at just 3 years old, diabetes has already affected his eyesight.
Despite his dangerous condition, Elliot is a happy and funny little boy who loves LEGOS and watching Jake and the Never Land Pirates. Kids Wish Network was beyond excited to grant Elliot’s wish for an ultimate Disney experience complete with a special meeting of Jake and his pirate friend Izzy.
KWN sent Elliot and his family on a magical experience that included visits to his favorite parks, fun dinner experiences, and luxury hotel accommodations. Elliot loved his special experience with Jake and Izzy, coordinated by Guardian Angel Once Upon a Party, and had a lot of fun “being chased by minions” on the ride at Universal Studios.
On behalf of Elliot and his family, KWN would like to thank all the sponsors that helped make this magical experience possible:
• Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista
• Once Upon a Party
• Compassion Partners Program
• America Around the Clock
• CiCi’s Pizza
• Planet Hollywood
• Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.