TAMPA – Job, a sweet and adorable 3-year-old from Tampa, was diagnosed in January with a nasal tumor. Job is aware that his nose looks different than other kids, but at such a young age it is difficult for him to comprehend the seriousness of his disease. To fight the cancer he is currently undergoing chemotherapy and must frequently be pushed around in a stroller because the treatments make him tire easily. While it’s hard enough for parents to deal with a crisis when it happens to their child, for Job’s family it was even scarier – they are from Honduras and do not understand or speak English.
When Wish Coordinator Terri McConn of Kids Wish Network was contacted about Job and his only wish to go to Disney World and meet his favorite characters Mickey and Minnie Mouse, she went to work on making his dream come true. Not only would Job and his family be going to Disney and other exciting Orlando amusement parks, but they would soon 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. To make sure the family’s trip ran smoothly, Terri arranged for Daniela, a translator with Corazod Communications to stick by the family’s side to help ensure that a language barrier does not keep them from enjoying their vacation to the fullest.
Their getaway began when a limo from Royal Limousine Service picked up the family at their home and chauffeured them to Give Kids the World in Kissimmee. At the resort, Job and his family ate at the village’s whimsical restaurants, enjoyed sundaes served at its fantasy ice cream parlor shaped like a giant banana split and took part in all of its fun-filled activities. Job especially loved being tucked in bed every night by Mayor Clayton, the resort’s special rabbit mascot who wished him sweet dreams every night.
During their vacation, the family enjoyed a full Orlando experience visiting Walt Disney World theme parks, Universal Studios and Sea World. With the help of a special pin from Give Kids the World, Job felt like a VIP when he was ushered to the front of every line. All attractions were compliments of Kids Wish Network and Give Kids the World.
While Job and his family will still have to deal with the challenges of battling his illness, they will always remember the happiness they shared together when everything was absolutely perfect – in “Job’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 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.