Emmanuel, or Manny as he prefers, was only one year old when he had his first grand mal seizure. As his seizures became more frequent, Emmanuel was diagnosed with Sturge-weber syndrome Type 3, a rare congenital and neurological disorder only identifiable through brain scans.
Manny is a loving and imaginative three year old boy. He loves books and playing with action figures. Captain America and Spiderman are his favorite superheroes. Manny is also a fan of Mickey Mouse, Cars and Toy Story.
Kids Wish Network knew where Manny could see so many of his favorite characters, so we flew him and his family from New York to Disney World where they stayed at the Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista, conveniently located close to the parks.
In addition to the three days he spent at the famous Disney theme parks, Manny also experienced a ride on the 400-foot high Orlando Eye and was amazed at creatures at the Sea Life Aquarium and the wax celebrities in Madame Tussauds, compliments of Merlin’s Magic Wand.
The family was treated to delicious dinners at BJ’s Restaurant, Chuck E. Cheese’s, and Big River Grill & Brewing Works found along Disney’s boardwalk. Manny was able to see his beloved Disney characters during breakfast at the Lakeview Restaurant located within the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista.
Manny’s mom feels the happiness and joy of his wish has stayed with Manny, giving him feelings of confidence where he was once shy. He asks Dad every day when the family can return to Florida.
Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following sponsors for helping to make Manny’s wish come true:
• Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista
• Compassion Partners
• BJ’s Restaurant
• Big River Grill & Brewing Works
• Chuck E. Cheese’s
• Lakeview Restaurant
• Merlin’s Magic Wand