ABINGDON – Evan is a thoughtful and caring 8-year-old who is always going out of his way to bring cheer to everyone around him. Like many kids his age he likes to play video games, eat French fries and loves baseball. Evan looks like any other child his age, but looks can be deceiving. While most kids can run and play without a worry in the world, Evan must worry about being too active because of what it can do to his body – he has chronic asthma. Evan has experienced frequent hospitalizations, must have oxygen accessible to him at all times, takes several medications each day and needs to sleep on special hypoallergenic bedding.
When Wish Coordinator Kara Stecker of Kids Wish Network was contacted about Evan and his wish to go to Walt Disney World, she stepped up to the plate and hit a home run for Evan, arranging a magical vacation that he would always remember.
Evan was thrilled with all of the attention he received as soon as his family arrived in Orlando. He especially enjoyed feeling like a celebrity when he got off of the plane and was greeted by a Give Kids the World representative who held up a sign with his name on it. Evan knew it was the beginning of a very special vacation. Once at Give Kids the World, Evan and his family at the resort’s whimsical restaurants and took part in all of its fun-filled activities. “They gave us free ice cream sundaes,” said Evan about the resort’s ice cream parlor, his favorite part of the village. “The kids absolutely loved Give Kids the World,” said Janice, Evan’s Mom. “It was such a blessing. Everyone there was so nice to us – it’s just a whole other world, it was like being on another planet.”
During their vacation the family enjoyed a full Orlando experience, visiting Walt Disney World theme parks, Sea World and Universal Studios. Evan most enjoyed not having to wait in any lines because of his special Give Kids the World button, MGM’s Tower of Terror and getting cooled off at Sea World’s dolphin show when he sat in the front row of the splash zone. All attractions were compliments of Kids Wish Network and Give Kids the World. American Airlines provided roundtrip airfare for Evan and his family. Janice said, “It was such a wonderful opportunity that Evan was lucky enough to experience. We’ll never forget his wish.”
While Evan will still have to deal with the uncertain challenges of battling his illness, his family will always cherish the happiness they shared together when everything was absolutely
perfect – in “Evan’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 its web site at www.kidswishnetwork.org.