ORLANDO, Fla. (January 2020): Casey loves soccer and while he has seen a few local games, he always wanted to see international players compete. Kids Wish Network, a children’s charity that grants wishes for kids with life-threatening illnesses, made Casey’s dream come true, flying him and his family to Orlando to experience two Florida Cup games and Universal Studios.
Casey had a blast at the Florida Cup and got to see the NYC FC face off against Corinthians and Atletico Nacional play against Palmeiras. The family had amazing front row seats and experienced all the action up close. Casey was happily surprised to see Cody Mizell, one of his favorite players from his local professional team New Mexico United, playing goalie for the NYC FC. Cody even recognized Casey and went up to say hello and give him a fist bump. “I loved seeing Cody,” said Casey. He had an amazing time being in the center of the action and seeing the professional teams compete against each other.
Casey also had an adventurous experience at Universal Studios riding the thrilling, Revenge of the Mummy attraction and getting soaked on Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges water rapids ride. During his wish, Casey had an amazing dinner at Hard Rock Café Orlando, where their server went above and beyond for them taking music requests and gifting Casey a Hard Rock t-shirt signed by the entire staff. During their wish the family had a memorable gourmet lunch at Artisan’s Table and visited Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. They also stayed at the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Disney Springs resort in Orlando where Casey loved swimming in the pool. He said, “I wish I could live in Orlando; I’m already planning my next trip!”
Casey has epilepsy and experiences frequent absence seizures. “He got to just have fun being a kid,” said his mom Lisa. “It was great spending time as a family, and I loved seeing him get so excited at the soccer game. This was a perfectly crafted wish from start to finish.”
“It was wonderful giving Casey a wish filled with meaningful moments shared with his family,” said Kids Wish Network Executive Director Tam Lai.
Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following sponsors for making Casey’s dreams become a reality:
- Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Disney Springs Resort Area resort
- Merlin’s Magic Wand
- Hard Rock Café Orlando
- Artisan’s Table