Wish With Seal of Approval in Monterey Bay

Ella loves swimming and being by the water. Kids Wish Network, a children’s charity that grants wishes for kids with life-threatening illnesses, planned a picturesque coastal getaway with a luxurious seaside stay at the Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay.

During her wish, the family would enjoy quaint dining at Abalonetti Bar and Grill on Monterey’s historic Fisherman’s Wharf and Gianni’s Pizza. It was to be a memorable wish… Ella was also excited to experience sea lions, otters and harbor seals up-close, being home to the largest population of seals in the US.

Just before her trip, the Coronavirus pandemic put the world on lockdown. With Ella’s getaway having to be postponed, the Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay graciously provided her family with a voucher so they can experience the extraordinary resort when they’re able to travel.

Ella started having fainting spells when she was just a baby. A couple years later, she had a grand mal seizure and was unresponsive for almost 10 minutes – she woke up hours later. Extensive testing revealed she had Chiari malformation, blocking the spinal fluid to her brain. She’s since had a decompression surgery.

“We’re so happy Ella has her special family trip to look forward to, it’ll be wonderful for her to enjoy new experiences and all the beauty of Monterey Bay,” said Kids Wish Network Executive Director Tam Lai.

Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following sponsors:

  • Portola Hotel and Spa at Monterey Bay
  • Abalonetti Bar and Grill
  • Gianni’s Pizza