Maddilyn was beaming with excitement, this adoring Mickey and Minnie fan was going on a special wish trip to Disney World through Kids Wish Network, a children’s charity that grants wishes for kids with life-threatening illnesses. Kids Wish knew all of her favorite things and was planning her magical adventure… until everything came to a halt. The COVID-19 pandemic hit, and even “The Most Magical Place on Earth” was closing, along with most everything else in the world. It was a huge disappointment, but a surprise in the mail helped to renew her excitement and hope. Kids Wish donor Mary Napoli purchased a super-sized plush Minnie Mouse for Maddilyn, providing her with a big squeeze of comfort. Minnie also accompanied a very special delivery… Kids Wish purchased her generous Disney gift cards and a Hotels.com gift card so her family can venture to Disney World when they’re able to travel. Maddilyn can’t wait to tell Minnie, Mickey and the Princesses that her wish came true!
At two years old, Maddilyn was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer that develops from immature nerve cells found in several areas of the body. Her tumor was located on her adrenal gland, and she began the long process of chemo, surgery and stem cell treatments. Her wish will bring her a special dose of happiness.
“Maddilyn is thrilled that she can still go to Disney,” said her Wish Coordinator Kim Kreiner. “She’s been through so much, and we’re glad she’ll get to have time away to just have fun being a kid.”
Kids Wish Network would like to thank donor Mary Napoli for her kindness in donating the super-sized plush Minnie for Maddilyn’s wish.