LOS ANGELES, Calif. (December 2019): Being invited to Hollywood’s blue carpet world premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker sounds like a galaxy far, far away for most devout fans. Yet the stars aligned for Addisyn who experienced her out of this world dream through Kids Wish Network, a children’s charity that grants wishes for kids with life-threatening illnesses.
Kids Wish Network flew Addisyn’s family to Los Angeles. This adoring Star Wars fan and her mom shared the blue carpet with The Rise of Skywalker cast and Hollywood’s elite, celebrating the much-anticipated epic conclusion of the iconic Skywalker saga. Addisyn was shaking with excitement throughout the festivities of the night. “We met so many stars, and they were all so nice and spent so much time with Addisyn,” said her mom Stephanie. She was among the first kids where the stars walked in, and the blue carpet was abounding with thrilling arrivals. “There’s Han Solo and Luke Skywalker!” Addisyn exclaimed as actors Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill appeared, and then came over to meet her. “My favorite memory was watching her with Daisy Ridley (Rey),” said her mom. Addisyn smiled reliving the moment and Ridley’s compliments. “She said it was nice to meet me and liked my outfit.” Addisyn also met actor Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Producer/Director/Screenwriter J.J. Abrams, Disney CEO Bob Iger, as well as the massive list of celebrities in attendance. It was a whirlwind of surreal moments, and her abundance of photos and autographs scrapbook all of her night’s magical moments.
After all the blue carpet’s sparkly excitement, she was among the first in the world to screen the film along with the cast who were also seeing it for the first time. After the screening, the fun continued attending the after-party.
During Addisyn’s wish, her family enjoyed accommodations at The Westin Los Angeles Airport hotel, decadent treats at Voodoo Doughnut, and lunch from Jersey Mike’s who also gifted Addisyn a Star Wars keychain, shirt and figurine.
Addisyn was born with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, an illness that weakens the body’s connective tissues, causing frequent dislocations, pain, lethargy, migraines and an increased risk of organ rupture. “When we were designing her wish, we knew we had to make this happen for her,” said Kids Wish Network Executive Director Tam Lai. “It’s so exciting to celebrate the ending of this iconic legacy of the Star Wars saga with this new generation.”
Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following sponsors for making Addisyn’s dreams become a reality:
- The Walt Disney Company
- The Westin Los Angeles Airport hotel
- Voodoo Doughnut (Hollywood)
- Jersey Mike’s Subs (South Bay region)