Quincy, FL – 13-year-old Ashley of Quincy, FL is a true ‘country’ girl who is never happier than when she’s outside riding her horses! A bright student, Ashley does very well in school and also enjoys cheerleading. She loves reading and collecting porcelain dolls. Ashley’s favorite food is seafood and her favorite color is lime green. While in many ways, Ashley is a typical teen, there is something that she struggles with that most kids her age don’t: Ashley has a life-threatening illness known as Marfan syndrome.
Marfan syndrome is a disorder that affects the connective tissues of the body. Because this tissue is found throughout the body, it affects nearly all of the body systems, including the skeleton, eyes, heart and blood vessels, nervous system, skin and lungs. Ashley also has a heart condition for which she has had open heart surgery.
Recently, this courageous girl enjoyed a very special break away from her worries for a precious while thanks to her friends at Kids Wish Network, an organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses. Ashley’s mom, Melanie, learned about the charity after she was contacted by one of Kids Wish Network’s professional fundraisers and asked if she knew of a child who might qualify for a wish. Melanie of course, immediately thought of her daughter.
When Kids Wish Network Wish Coordinator, Jill, asked Ashley for her number one wish, Ashley knew exactly what she wanted to do: she wanted to visit Alaska.
Kids Wish Network took care of all of the arrangements. Jill secured airline tickets for Ashley and her family to Alaska, booked hotel accomodations, arranged for fun activities, spending money and more.
Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following for helping to make Ashley’s wish extra special: Alaska Sea Life Center, Almost Home Accomodations, Bear’s Den Restaurant, Captain Pattie’s, Caribou Family Restaurant, Cars in AK, Coal Point Seafood Company, Major Marine Tours, Mermaid Café, Murphy’s Motel, Otter Cove Resort, Sheraton Anchorage Hotel, Silver Fox Charters and Sullivan’s Steak House.