Katie was just a toddler when she was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease. She was placed on insulin injections, and it was necessary for her to check her blood sugar levels every 2 hours. After years of this challenging burden, she now has a service dog to alert her when her blood sugar drops to dangerous levels.
Katie’s favorite subject in school is science. She has a compassion for animals, and hopes to work in animal rehabilitation as her future career. Katie also enjoys singing, baking, but most of all playing soccer. She also loves watching it, especially women’s teams. When Kids Wish Network found out about Katie and her passion for women’s soccer, we wanted to further inspire her girl power, and used fancy foot work skills to kickoff her very special wish. Katie would be going to Chicago to see the all women’s soccer team the Chicago Red Stars!
Kids Wish Network flew Katie and her family to Chicago, where they stayed at the contemporary and chic Cambria Hotel & Suites Chicago Magnificent Mile, conveniently located near the area’s most popular attractions. After settling in at the hotel, they ventured out enjoying fine dining at one of Chicago’s premier steakhouses – the upscale Capital Grille.
On game day, the family had a fun and festive lunch at the perfect sports lover’s restaurant, The Ogden Chicago. Then it was time to let the games begin, and the family headed to Toyota Park, the home stadium of the Chicago Red Stars. Katie was seated near all of the action, enabling her to see the players up close, and was also thrilled to meet the team. “They were all extremely friendly and took time to talk with Katie,” said her mom Michelle.
“My favorite memory of the wish was watching Katie having so much fun at the game and interacting with the team,” said her mom. “All of the effort Kids Wish put into the weekend made Katie feel special. Her weekend made her more grateful for organizations like Kids Wish Network who help kids like her to see and do amazing things.”
Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following sponsors for making Katie’s dreams become a reality:
- Chicago Red Stars
- Cambria Hotel & Suites Chicago Magnificent Mile
- The Capital Grille
- The Ogden Chicago