MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (March 2019): Hannah McDonald loves the beach, and enjoys relaxing next to the ocean with a good book and listening to the waves wash all her problems away. She always wanted to visit Myrtle Beach, and Kids Wish Network, a children’s charity that grants wishes for kids with life-threatening illnesses sent her family on a four-day tropical getaway to paradise.
Hannah and her family stayed at the beautiful Marina Inn at Grand Dunes in Myrtle Beach. Hannah and her father used their gift card donated by Lowes Food to buy lots of snacks to indulge in while relaxing at the hotel. For dinner one night Hannah enjoyed a juicy steak at her favorite steakhouse. The second night, they had a wonderful dining experience at Sea Captain’s House, that included a calamari dish, which is Hannah’s favorite food.
Hannah was excited when Graham Golf Carts delivered a bright green golf cart for her to use for the duration of her stay. Hannah loved riding around the quaint beach town on her golf cart. She also enjoyed spending time in the hot tub at the hotel. “I loved all of it, especially the golf cart and hotel room. The hot tub was amazing,” said Hannah.
Hannah suffers from autoimmune encephalitis and Lyme disease. Autoimmune encephalitis is a group of conditions that occur when the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy brain cells which leads to inflammation in the brain. In addition, Hannah’s symptoms cause fatigue and she tires very easily.
“We were happy to give Hannah a wish that most people dream of, a few days at the beach kicking back and relaxing,” said Kids Wish Network Executive Director Tam Lai.
Kids Wish Network is a national charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children with life-threatening conditions and struggling with life-altering situations. KWN provides trip expenses, meals, accommodations and additional spending monies to all wish families whenever traveling as applicable. Visit www.kidswishnetwork.org to learn about our different programs, and find out how you can help make dreams come true and sponsor a wish for a deserving child.