Shortly after she was born, Autumn’s parents were informed that their precious newborn had a genetic disorder called neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), a fairly common genetic disorder characterized by changes in skin coloring (pigmentation) and the growth of tumors along nerves in the skin, brain, and other parts of the body. Neurofibramatosis also causes bones to be weak so it was no surprise that this little girl has broken several bones over the years, among them her arms, femur, wrist and thumb. She also has 50 spots that are being watched through MRIs to make sure they aren’t growing or becoming cancerous.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for NF1; patients with neurofibromatosis like Autumn are followed by a team of specialists to manage symptoms or complications. Autumn has taken her various medical challenges in stride and is proving to be a very kind-hearted child who thinks it would be really cool to catch a home run ball at a baseball game at an Atlanta Braves game.
Although it couldn’t guarantee that she would catch a home run ball, Kids Wish Network granted Autumn’s wish and sent her to an Atlanta Braves baseball game so she could get up close to see what Atlanta Braves baseball is all about.
Autumn’s once-in-a-lifetime wish started when she and her mother were picked up from her home by the always first-class service Atlantic Limousine & Transportation and taken to The Westin Peachtree Plaza, the luxurious hotel that Autumn and her mother would be staying for the remainder of her wish. Once all settled in their hotel room, the mother and daughter duo strolled on over to the world famous Hard Rock Café for a delicious lunch.
After lunch, a beautiful 1956 white Bentley courtesy of Special Day Limos, was waiting outside the Hard Rock Café to give Autumn and her mom a ride to Turner Field, home of the Atlanta Braves. As Autumn arrived at Turner Field in the jaw-dropping Bentley, heads began to turn and people began to notice that this special young lady was on her wish! Once inside the baseball stadium, Autumn was taken down to the field for an on-field look at some of her favorite Atlanta Braves during the pre-game batting practice. Autumn enjoyed seeing a Braves’ game in person rather than just on television.
At the conclusion of the game, that same head turning Bentley was waiting for Autumn and her mother just outside the stadium to take them back to The Westin. Talk about riding in style, what a ride!
Autumn’s mother, Penny talked about what this wish meant to her daughter. “Autumn enjoyed the hotel, the Hard Rock Café, and the game. She was just happy.”
Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following sponsors for helping make Autumn’s wish come true:
• The Atlanta Braves
• Atlantic Limousines & Transportation
• Special Day Limos
• Hard Rock Café Atlanta
• The Westin Peachtree Plaza