TAZEWELL – Chris, a quiet and contemplative 12-year-old, loves listening to the Backstreet Boys, watching Digimon and eating pizza. But the similarities between Chris and other pre-teens his age end there. Chris is battling Rhabdomyosarcoma, a type of cancer in addition to lung disease. Radiation therapy has caused him to have complications opening his mouth normally and this makes it difficult for him to speak. Chris’ family has chosen to have him homeschooled and he additionally undergoes speech therapy. Chris has already bravely faced multiple surgeries and will be soon be undergoing another the end of August.
When Wish Coordinator Madeline Robinson of Kids Wish Network was contacted about Chris and his dream to visit Walt Disney World, she quickly put together an amazing wish so that he could have something special to share with his family that would also take his mind off of his rapidly approaching operation. Madeline coordinated a wish far exceeding the family’s expectations. Not only would they be going to Disney and other exciting Orlando amusement parks, but the family would be sharing special moments at Give Kids the World in Kissimmee, a magical resort full of laughter, joy and hugs, catering to the unique needs of families who have children with life threatening illnesses.
Once at Give Kids the World, the family took part in many of its fun activities and enjoyed its restaurants with whimsical children’s themes, all-day ice cream parlor, interactive train station, arcade and variety of other amenities. The family also saved plenty of time to visit Walt Disney World theme parks, Sea World and Universal Studios. With a special pin provided by Give Kids the World, Chris and his family were treated like VIPs and never had to wait on a line at any of the theme parks. All attractions were compliments of Kids Wish Network and Give Kids the World. American Airlines provided roundtrip airfare for Chris and his family.
While Chris 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 “Chris’ 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.