ORLANDO, Fla. (July 2019): Lux DiPaolo was diagnosed with neuroblastoma when she was only 6 weeks old. Her cancer spread, and she’s undergone four rounds of chemotherapy. Lux has been through many challenges, and wished to go to Disney World. Kids Wish Network, a children’s charity that grants wishes for kids with life-threatening illnesses, made her dream come true. Lux’s wish was revealed to her in an on-stage presentation during her dance recital at Synergy Dance Center. Alongside her mom and brother, she was surprised to find out she was going to Disney World! Lux was crowned with unicorn themed Minnie Mouse ears and a sash from Kids Wish, and presented with a bouquet of flowers from Petal Florist. Her fairytale ceremony made her feel just like a princess.
Kids Wish Network flew Lux and her family to Orlando to experience its fairytale magic. They enjoyed beautiful accommodations at Double Tree by Hilton Hotel at the Entrance to Universal Orlando. The resort had surprises of their own. After learning about her interests, they graciously decked out her room with an assortment of rainbow and Frozen themed gifts, colorful balloons and a huge candy basket for Lux and her brother. “They went above and beyond, and our stay was amazing,” said her mom Alison.”
Lux spent every day of her wish at Disney, where she met all her favorite characters including Elsa and Anna. “I loved all the princesses!” said Lux. One of the family’s most special memories was watching the spectacular fireworks display from a boat. During Lux’s wish, they enjoyed dinners at Homecomin’ and Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. They were also invited for dinner at Hash House A Go Go. “This is a trip our family will remember for the rest of our lives,” said Lux’s mom.
“A magical wish creates beautiful moments of family togetherness and happiness that continues after our Wish Kids’ dreams comes true,” 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.