“A dolphin came right up to the boat!”
When Kali started exhibiting the same symptoms as her younger sister before she was diagnosed as having pre-metabolic disorder, Kali’s parents knew the likelihood that she also had the condition was high. Testing her blood glucose levels confirmed that Kali’s blood sugar was off the charts, and she was diagnosed with pre-metabolic disorder. This happens when the immune system destroys cells in the pancreas called beta cells. The beta cells make insulin, a hormone that helps move sugar into the body’s tissues. Without insulin, the process is disrupted and glucose builds up in the blood stream, starving the body’s cells. Now Kali takes insulin shots multiple times a day and stays vigilant about checking her blood sugar to make sure it falls within the acceptable range. She is also on a special diet due to her diagnosis. Kali sometimes feels robbed of her former life as a result of the medical upheaval.
Kali enjoys pop music, the outdoors, the ocean, and animals. She has a fun, outgoing, and adventurous personality. When Kali wants to kick back and relax, she turns to her favorite television shows to watch marathons of Keeping up with the Kardashians and Orange is the New Black. It is also very likely that her 3 dogs and 2 cats are lounging right beside her to keep her company. Kali loves all things southern California, especially its beaches and its lifestyle. She dreamed of one day going to see just what the southern most part of the Golden State had to offer.
Kids Wish Network wanted to grant Kali’s wish and send her to San Diego so she could swim in the Pacific Ocean and do all sorts of fun activities that are only found in southern California. Many generous donors and sponsors worked with Kids Wish Network to make Kali’s dream a reality.
During her wish, Kali and her family stayed at the elegant Double Tree by Hilton San Diego-Delmar. During the wish, Kali and her sister both wore beautiful dresses and accessories provided by Mary’s Bridal, and Kali even received a personal makeover courtesy of Panache & Company. In addition to digging her toes in the sands at the beaches of San Diego, Kali was also treated to several fun-filled activities including surf lessons at Coronado Surfing Academy, exploring the world famous San Diego Zoo, searching for thrills at Belmont Amusement Park, seeing sea lions while kayaking courtesy of Aqua Adventures, seeing a dolphin up-close while on the San Diego Sailing Tour, and even watching Shamu perform at SeaWorld. The family was also provided wonderful meals courtesy of the trendy House of Blues San Diego, beautiful Buster’s Beach House Restaurant, and the impressive Addison Restaurant where famous Executive Chef William Bradley took the family on a private tour of the kitchen.
At the conclusion of her wish, Kali and her family talked about how Kali felt so grateful and special while on her wish. “I didn’t know that her wish was going to have so much fun packed into it, and Kali was grateful for all that she got to do,” explained Marty, Kali’s father. “She said it was just amazing and that she had so much fun!”
Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following sponsors for helping make Kali’s wish come true:
• Double Tree by Hilton San Diego-Delmar
• San Diego Zoo
• Belmont Amusement Park
• Coronado Surfing Academy
• Buster’s Beach House Restaurant
• House of Blues
• Aqua Adventures
• Addison Restaurant
• Chef William Bradley
• San Diego Sailing Tour
• Mary’s Bridal
• Panache & Company