“She can’t stop talking about her afternoon with the famous family”
Kids Wish Network made 8-year-old Angelina Rios’ dream a reality by arranging for her to meet her favorite actors and gospel music sensations, David and Tamela Mann. The It’s a Manns World and Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns television stars spent the afternoon with Angelina at the Doubletree by Hilton in Fort Lee, New Jersey.
The Manns took a break from the production schedule for their television show to spend quality time with Angelina. The couple, accompanied by their daughter Tia, shared stories from their everyday lives as well as their path to success through hope and determination.
Angelina enjoyed luxury accommodations at the Roosevelt Hotel and had the finest Jacques Torres Chocolates delivered to her room as a surprise treat. She arrived at her special lunch date with the Mann family in a limousine courtesy of US Limousine Service.
A trip to New York is not complete without a variety of fine dining experiences. Angelina was served masterfully prepared world-class cuisine at The Capital Grille. She had the privilege of choosing from an extensive menu of American classics at the 1950s themed retro Stardust Diner with singing servers. Angelina was also privy to an authentic New York pizza pie in the heart of the city at John’s Pizzeria of Time Square. Every meal went beyond her wildest expectations.
Angelina has Chiari 1 malformation, a tethered spinal cord, and a seizure disorder. Chiari 1 malformation occurs when the back of the skull is too small and crowds the brain, forcing some of the cerebellum down the spinal column.
Angelina has had both cranial surgery for the Chiari 1 malformation and spinal surgery for the tethered cord. She goes to physical therapy and speech therapy on a regular basis. Angelina takes muscle relaxers for her tethered cord and medication to manage her seizures. Every few months, Angelina goes into the hospital for another MRI and c-spine x-ray to monitor her Chiari 1 malformation.
Despite her life-threatening illnesses, Angelina is a sweet little girl with a love of gospel music, and one duo that always brings a smile to her face is the Manns. Angelina is currently managing her lifelong-illness and will cherish this special memory for the rest of her life.
Kid’s Wish Network would like to thank the following Guardian Angel sponsors for their participation in Angelina’s wish:
• The Mann Family
• The Roosevelt Hotel
• US Limousine Service
• Madame Tussauds New York
• The Capital Grille
• Ellen’s Stardust Diner
• John’s Pizzeria of Time Square
• Jacques Torres Chocolates