“This was the event of a lifetime for Rhiannon”
When Rhiannon was almost 2 years old, she was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, the most common form of arthritis in children that causes persistent joint pain, swelling and stiffness. Her doctors have attempted many different treatments throughout the years: pills, shots, joint injections, infusions and even chemotherapy. All the treatments have taken a toll on Rhiannon’s immune system and health.
Currently, Rhiannon suffers through four-hour medication infusions once a month in an attempt to relieve the excruciating pain she deals with on a daily basis. The pain even gets so bad that she resorts to using a wheelchair for mobility. But the brave little girl doesn’t let her illness get her down; three years ago she decided she wasn’t going to cry during her frequent blood draws.
And the only tears during her wish trip came from joy; Rhiannon’s family was extremely happy to see her smile. Rhiannon and her family went on an all-inclusive wish trip where they stayed at luxury accommodations, dined at local restaurants, and sat VIP at the Cleveland Indians game.
The highlight of the trip for Rhiannon was spending time with her favorite player. Kipnis meet with Rhiannon before batting practice, signed autographs and posed for memorable photos.
“Rhiannon is a really great kid,” adds Kipnis. “I was honored that she wanted to meet me, and I thank Kids Wish Network for helping make that happen.”
“This was the event of a lifetime for Rhiannon,” recalls mother Katy. “Our entire family felt so fortunate to have such a wonderful opportunity. I can’t thank you all enough for everything; it really meant the world to Rhiannon.”