If Tara, age 17, of Abingdon, Maryland, were like other girls her age, she might now be trying to decide which dress she should choose for her homecoming dance, or where to travel with her friends on spring break. But, life for Tara is very different. She has spina bifida.
Tara is confined to a wheelchair, and deals with medical conditions that most teens take for granted. While she has these extra obstacles in her way, she still views life with a positive attitude. Her loves are swimming, surfing the Internet and playing with her Jack Russell Terrier named Pepper.
When Wish Coordinator Madeline Robinson of Kids Wish Network was contacted about Tara’s wish to take a trip to Disney World, Madeline quickly went into action preparing to give Tara “the World.” Tara and her family 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 unique needs of families who have children with life threatening illnesses.
While at Give Kids the World, Tara 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. Tara was excited to hear that actor John Stamos from her favorite television show “Full House” had been there the day before she arrived. While meeting him would’ve made her stay even more thrilling, she said, “it’s the best fun I ever had!”
During their vacation, the family enjoyed a full Orlando experience, visiting Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World, and even enjoyed a night as royalty at Medieval Times dinner theater. All attractions were compliments of Give Kids the World and Kids Wish Network. American Airlines provided round trip airfare for Tara and her entire family.
Dreams do come true. Tara’s family will always remember the happy times they shared together, when for an entire week, everything was absolutely perfect – in Tara’s world.
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 a child between the ages of 3 and 18 who may be in need of their wish granting services, please call (813)891-9374 or toll free at (888)918-9004. You can also visit their web site at www.kidswishnetwork.org.