As a small child, Allanie always had trouble walking and problems with her facial muscles. At age ten, she had a full medical work up that led to her being diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, a hereditary condition marked by progressive weakening and wasting of the muscles. While there is no cure for muscular dystrophy, medications and therapy can help manage symptoms to try to slow the progression of the disease.
Allanie is a funny, tough, and charismatic teen who loves spending time with her sisters. Her passions for movies, books, and music have made her a champion at trivia games. She will stay up all night watching horror flicks, reading The Hunger Games or Divergent, and listening to 5 Seconds of Summer, if her family would allow it. Allanie’s dream is to become an author one day.
Kids Wish Network wanted to give Allanie a get-away adventure so we sent her and her family to enjoy the sights and sounds of Louisville, KY, which calls itself “an entirely different type of Southern”. Allanie stayed at the upscale Louisville Marriott East. New adventures for her included a tour of the Louisvile Mega Cavern and the unique experience of Escape Plan Louisville where she worked with her family as a team to figure their way out of a locked room. After making their great escape, the family enjoyed dinner at Smashburger for burgers that are always made fresh.
The following day, Allanie went shopping at the Mall St. Matthews where she was able to use gift cards to purchase much desired electronics and personal items at Journey’s, Bath & Body Works, and Wet Seal.
For this “scream queen”, her favorite part of the wish was sitting through the entire showing of the supernatural film Insidious, compliments of the Cinemark Theatres. Allanie was so proud that she watched the movie with her “eyes opened the entire time.” Her day ended with a wonderful meal at Olive Garden.
Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following sponsors for helping to make Allanie’s wish come true:
• Louisville Marriott East
• Louisville Mega Cavern
• Escape Plan Louisvile
• Bath & Body Works
• Wet Seal
• Cinemark Theatres
• Olive Garden