Owen Thompson has experienced many challenges with his health. At only 14 days old, he contracted meningitis. At a year old, he was diagnosed with NK cell deficiency. At the age of 5, he had a seizure, but the cause remained unknown until another episode days later that lasted 30 minutes. Owen was diagnosed with epilepsy, a neurological disorder that causes abnormal activities in the brain. Owen undergoes therapy, visits a neurologist, and takes multiple medications. At times, it’s been very difficult to control and stressful not knowing when a seizure could strike.
Owen’s family recently moved to California, and he wished to experience its amazing theme parks. Kids Wish Network flew Owen and his family to Los Angeles for a fun-filled theme park adventure. They stayed at the beautiful Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City, who made Owen feel extra welcome by delivering cookies to their hotel room. The family rested up for the next day’s adventure.
They enjoyed their first day at the parks, experiencing the magic of Disneyland. They also had a fun and memorable dinner at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Their server went above and beyond to make their visit extra special.
The following day, Owen and his family went back to Disneyland, taking in the shows and experiencing all the classic Disney rides. Dinner was rockin’ at the Hard Rock Café, where they also took photos with the band who was playing that night.
In the morning, it was lights, camera, action for Owen’s family, spending the day at Universal Studios. Afterward, they enjoyed a relaxing dinner at Daily Grill.
Owen’s wish trip gave him a much-needed break from the stresses of his illness, as well as memorable times of family togetherness where he could just have fun being a kid.
Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following sponsors for making Owen’s dreams become a reality:
- Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City
- Hard Rock Café – Hollywood
- Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. – Anaheim
- Daily Grill – Anaheim