HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (November 2019): Isabelle Cruz and Ariana Percarpio are enchanted with everything Frozen. They’ve both been challenged with multiple life-threatening illnesses, and just like Olaf, were in need of warm hugs. Kids Wish Network, a children’s charity that grants wishes for kids with life-threatening illnesses, couldn’t hold it back anymore, surprising these two little princesses with invitations requesting their presence at Disney’s Hollywood red carpet premiere for Frozen 2! It was a magical once-in-a-lifetime experience, giving the girls time away from their health struggles … a time for them to just let it go.
Both princesses felt like Hollywood royalty staying with their families at the luxurious Kimpton La Peer Hotel in West Hollywood. Their regal fairytale continued being chauffeured to the Dolby Theater for the Frozen 2 Hollywood premiere in stylish transportation provided by Crown Limousine. At the grand event, the girls sparkled with joy on the red carpet getting autographs and having their pictures taken with the Frozen 2 cast. “It was so exciting having such a primo spot, it was like a dream,” said Ariana’s mom Cynthia. “We met everybody, and it was really exciting being in the scene.”
The girls interacted with Idina Menzel (Elsa), Kristen Bell (Anna), Olaf (Josh Gad), Jonathan Groff (Kristoff), Martha Plimpton (Yelana), Sterling K. Brown (Mattias) and more, as well as Director/Writer/Walt Disney Animation COO Jennifer Lee, Producer Peter Del Vecho and Director Chris Buck. They also met Selena Gomez and many other celebrities who came out for the star-studded event. “They all came over and were really kind to us,” said Isabelle’s grandma Janis. “Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell even got down on the ground in their gowns to take pictures with the girls.” Isabelle and Ariana also enjoyed the spotlight, being featured on People.com’s live feed. After all the red carpet festivities, they saw the much anticipated blockbuster sequel, and felt like the belles of the ball at the after party.
Isabelle has spina bifida, Chiari malformation and hydrocephalus, and Ariana has Craniosynostosis, obstructive sleep apnea, and other medical challenges. Kids Wish Network Executive Director Tam Lai said, “We’re elated that Isabelle and Ariana were able to experience something so spectacular, living out their own magical fairytales.”
For the first time in forever, Isabelle and Ariana’s sweetest dreams came true.
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 for 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 refer a child now.