ANAHEIM, Calif. (February 2020): Reece loves theme parks and Disney. He especially adores Toy Story, and hoped to visit Disneyland and meet his favorite characters, Woody and Buzz Lightyear. Kids Wish Network, a children’s charity that grants wishes for kids with life-threatening illnesses, flew Reece and his family to Anaheim for a rootin’ tootin’ California Adventure with Sheriff Woody, Buzz Lightyear and beyond.
Reece arrived at Disneyland all dressed up as Sheriff Woody for his magical Disney experience. His favorite ride was Toy Story Midway Mania, an interactive ride featuring all his favorite characters. During the wish, the family also had a thrilling adventure at Universal Studios. They spent most of their time admiring the sights, characters and dynamic shows.
His family stayed at Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort, who surprised him with balloons and Buzz and Woody toys. They dined at Chili’s and were invited for dinner at Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. Kids Wish Network also purchased a gift card to Domino’s Pizza so they could relax in their hotel room during their last night after a whirlwind of rides and attractions.
“I loved it all, Reece was having fun and that made me so happy,” said his mom Jasmine.
Reece was born with holoprosencephaly, an abnormality of brain development in which the brain doesn’t properly divide into the right and left hemispheres. He also has cerebral palsy, which affects movement and muscle tone, and tetralogy of Fallot, a congenital heart condition with a combination of four defects in the structure of the heart.
“We were so happy to give Reece his Toy Story themed wish that was of his sweetest dreams and beyond,” said Kids Wish Network Executive Director Tam Lai.
Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following sponsors for making Reece’s dreams become a reality:
- Universal Studios, Hollywood
- Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort
- Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, Anaheim
- Chili’s, Orange City