CHARLOTTE- Little Tai´ Sean seems like your typical 5-year-old boy. He loves the color red, watches the Cartoon Network every chance he gets, and his favorite food is Trix. At the top of his favorites list are all of the Disney movies he has watched. But Tai´ Sean’s struggles set him apart from most kids his age. He was born prematurely with underdeveloped lungs causing his chronic acute asthma, a condition that makes most daily activities very difficult. Even the slightest movement can trigger severe attacks. He is also extremely allergic to almost everything in existence. So with his birthday rapidly approaching, Tai´ Sean was ready to blow out the candles and hope someone heard his wish.
Wish Coordinator Terri McConn of Kids Wish Network did hear Tai´ Sean’s wish to go to Disney World in Orlando. So she got him the best birthday present he could ask for: an invitation to hang out with Mickey and his cast of characters. Not only would Tai´ Sean and his family get to enjoy Disney 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, Tai´ Sean and his family ate at the resort’s whimsical restaurants and took part in all the fun-filled activities offered to all of its special guests. Tai´ Sean’s favorite memory of the resort was of the rabbit, Mayor Clayton, the park’s mascot who tucks each child in every night. He also loved the ice cream parlor, a treat-filled restaurant shaped like a banana split. “It was hard to get Tai Sean to leave the village. He liked it better than any of the parks,” said his mom.
During their vacation, the family enjoyed a full Orlando experience, visiting Walt Disney World theme parks, Universal Studios and Sea World. The family’s favorite part was Disney’s Magic Kingdom. All attractions were compliments of Give Kids the World and Kids Wish Network.
“The best part of the entire week was that Tai´ Sean made it the entire time medication-free,” said Tai´ Sean’s mom. He went without having an asthma attack until the day after he got home, she said. No matter what the future may hold for this little boy, he and his family will always be able to look back to a magical place in their memories where problems don’t exist and dreams really do come true.