“The wish has given Kassandra wind in her sails. It made her feel so special.”
When Kassandra was a baby, she began showing signs that something was wrong. She was vomiting, very fussy and pulling on her ears. Thankfully her mom brought her to the ER… testing revealed she had an autoimmune condition. If her mom had waited, Kassandra would have quickly spiraled into a coma. Her illness is unpredictable, and can quickly escalate to dangerous levels.
Kassandra has been through many challenges in her life, including losing her dad to cancer. Playing the piano is very healing for her, and she especially enjoys performing in her church’s choir. Kids Wish Network, a children’s charity that grants wishes for kids with life threatening illnesses, created a wish that was perfectly in tune with her dreams… she’d be spending time with her favorite musicians The Piano Guys.
Kassandra’s entire wish made her feel special – it was brimming with high notes. On the day she met The Piano Guys, she and her mom were greeted by country music artist Noah Garner… they all got to go to The Piano Guys exclusive sound check. Group members Paul Anderson, Jon Schmidt, Steven Sharp Nelson and Al van der Beek warmly welcomed Kassandra with many hugs, spent one-on-one time getting to know her and took lots of pictures together. Kassandra also presented The Piano Guys with an appreciation plaque from Kids Wish Network and aprons that she handmade for their wives. They had fun modeling the aprons and showed Kassandra their silly side. Their upbeat personalities kept her beaming with happiness.
Afterward, Kassandra and her mom enjoyed their concert and were overwhelmed when The Piano Guys personally dedicated songs to Kassandra from their performance of “It’s Gonna Be Okay” and “Fight Song/Amazing Grace.” Their sweet grand gesture was very touching for Kassandra and her mom – they both shared happy tears. “The Piano Guys were funny, relatable, happy and always smiling,” said Wish Kid Kassandra.
During the wish, everyone went out of their way for Kassandra, giving her extraordinary treatment and gifts. She and her mom stayed in luxurious accommodations at The Hermitage Hotel. They enjoyed memorable dining at The Palm Restaurant, Rainforest Café where Kassandra was also graciously gifted with goodies and a stuffed animal of her choice, and The Cheesecake Factory. Kassandra felt special during her shopping spree at dressbarn, where they had a welcome sign and sweet treats for her arrival, as well as a dressing room reserved for her visit. She also had a fun experience at Build-A-Bear Workshop with a personal shopper to help perfectly create and personalize her bear. She even received special medical accessories for her bear to match what she uses for her illness. Another highlight was visiting Madame Tussauds wax museum, where they also received a behind the scenes tour and poster as a memento of their special experience.
“Everyone was amazing and went above and beyond spoiling us,” said Kassandra’s mom Laurie. “The wish has given Kassandra wind in her sails. It made her feel so special.”
Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following sponsors for making Kassandra’s dreams become a reality:
- The Piano Guys
- The Hermitage Hotel
- The Palm Restaurant
- Rainforest Café
- The Cheesecake Factory
- Madame Tussauds Nashville
- Build-A-Bear Workshop