GULFPORT-Like so many other teenage girls, Jamie is a huge fan of The Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears. This special 15-year-old, nicknamed ‘Pumpkin’ by her family, also enjoys the Rugrats, the movie Toy Story, and spending time with her dogs, Jake and Tag. On paper she may seem like the average teenage girl. But there is nothing average about Jamie. She suffers from cerebral palsy, a condition that causes her at times to rely on assistance when she walks. But Jamie doesn’t let this get her down. She even participates in the Special Olympics, competing in the softball throw and the 100-meter walk.
So when Wish Coordinator Terri McConn of Kids Wish Network heard about Jamie and her wish to travel to Disney World for some fun in the sun, Terri quickly got her an invitation to the Sunshine State. Not only would Jamie and her 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, Jamie and her family ate at the resort’s whimsical restaurants, like the Gingerbread House Restaurant and the Ice Cream Parlor with its graham cracker roof. They also took part in all the fun-filled activities offered to all of its special guests, like the train that takes guests around the park and the Safari Theatre that shows family classics. “The funniest part was watching Mayor Clayton, the park’s mascot, tuck Jamie into bed,” said Lacie, Jamie’s sister.
During their vacation, the family enjoyed a full Orlando experience, visiting Walt Disney World theme parks, Universal Studios and Sea World. All attractions were compliments of Give Kids the World and Kids Wish Network.
“It was so great, we had a wonderful time,” said Lacie about the trip. No matter what challenges Jamie may face in the future, she and her family will always be able to look back to a time in their memories where everything was perfect and dreams came 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.