“It was a great opportunity for us to bond as mother and daughter”
Makayla and her mom were flown to Rochester New York to meet her favorite celebrity Jack Griffo the co-star of the hit Nickelodeon TV show The Thundermans. It was Makayla’s first time flying and she was in awe the moment the plane left the ground.
Kids Wish Network, a children’s charity that grants wishes for kids with life-threatening illnesses, flew Makayla and her mom to New York where they stayed at the luxurious Genesee Grand Hotel. On the day of her wish Makayla and her mom were chauffeured to the set of Sid is Dead, the new movie Jack Griffo has been working on. The set was at a local ice rink as Jack Griffo plays the captain of the hockey team in the new movie. As soon as Makayla arrived she began to cry tears of joy. “My favorite part of the wish was seeing Makayla’s initial reaction,” said Makayla’s mom Candace.
Once on set Makayla got to meet all the stars of the movie including Jack Griffo, Joey Bragg, Audrey Whitby, and Genevieve Hannelius. Makayla was welcomed by the cast who made her feel completely at ease. Makayla talked with them for hours about the movie and their lives as actors. Makayla even discovered that Audrey liked American Girl dolls, just like her. She even got to sit behind the camera while Jack and the crew were filming scenes and yell “cut” and “action” while on set.
Makayla suffers from retinitis pigmentosa and Bardet-Biedl syndrome. Because of her conditions Makayla is completely night and color blind and lacks peripheral vision. Makayla’s conditions also cause her to gain weight and impedes her speaking ability.
Makayla’s favorite part of the wish aside from meeting Jack Griffo, was the letter he wrote to her after her special wish day. Jack thanked her for her support as a fan and told her how much fun he had talking with her while they toured the set and telling her to be the best that she can be. Makayla took plenty of photos and got a special Sid is Dead T-shirt designed after the movies high school logo and signed by all the actors she met.
To end her exciting day Makayla had a delicious dinner at The Cheesecake Factory with her mom. Makayla can’t wait until the movie is done so she can see the finished product.
“It was a great opportunity for us to bond as mother and daughter,” said Makayla’s mom Candace.
Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following sponsors for making Makayla’s dreams become a reality:
- Jack Griffo
- Will Phelps
- American High Productions
- Genesee Grand Hotel
- The Cheesecake Factory