LAWRENCEVILLE- Like most 16-year-olds, Erin loves going out with her friends, exploring on the computer, and writing stories. She has so many favorite songs that she can’t pick just one, but her favorite recording artist is Phil Collins and her absolute favorite T.V. show is Double Dare on Nickelodeon. And like a lot of teenage girls these days, she’s also very proud to be on her soccer and basketball teams. But for Erin, playing two sports is far from the norm. She suffers from spastic diplegic cerebral palsy, a condition that has her confined to a wheelchair and relying on her service dog Leo. But just like her favorite movie, Erin is fighting ‘Against All Odds’.
So when Wish Coordinator Madeline Robinson of Kids Wish Network heard about Erin and her wish to go to Universal Studios in Orlando, Madeline ‘dared’ to beat the odds to get her a VIP tour of the Nickelodeon T.V. set. Not only would Erin and her family get to enjoy Universal and other exciting Orlando amusement parks, they would soon be sharing special moments at Give Kids the World in Orlando, Florida, a magical resort full of laughter, joy and hugs, catering to the special needs of families who have children with life threatening illnesses.
While at Give Kids the World, Erin and her family ate at the resort’s whimsical restaurants and took part in all the fun-filled activities offered to all of its special guests. Erin’s favorite memory of the resort was of the rabbit, Mayor Clayton, the park’s mascot who tucks each child in every night. “ I want to take Mayor Clayton home with me,” she said.
During their vacation, the family enjoyed a full Orlando experience, visiting Walt Disney World theme parks, Universal Studios and Sea World. And while at Sea World, Erin was able to pet the dolphins, which was an absolute joy for her.
Of course Erin’s private VIP tour of the Nickelodeon set at Universal Studios was the highlight of her wish. “We got to taste the slime and the Gak, which was so cool,” Erin said. They even divulged to her the secret recipes of these concoctions; the slime is made from applesauce and the Gak from vanilla pudding. She and her family said they were treated like royalty the entire time. All attractions were compliments of Give Kids the World and Kids Wish Network.
“We had the best time ever and loved the village at Give Kids the World. I didn’t want to go home,” she said. No matter what the future may hold for this young lady, she and her family will always be able to look back to a magical place in their memories where dreams really do come true.
Kids Wish Network is a nationally recognized non-profit organization whose mission is to grant wishes to children who have life-threatening illnesses. If you know of a child between the ages of 3 and 18 who may be in need of Kids Wish Network’s wish granting services, please call (813) 891-9374 or toll free at (888) 918-9004. You can also visit Kids Wish Network’s web site at www.kidswishnetwork.org.