Alpena, MI – Like most little boys his age, ten-year-old Christopher is a huge Disney fan. He loves watching Disney movies and thinks that Disney World must be the coolest place on earth. He’s always dreamed of going to Disney to meet some of his favorite characters in person like Pinnochio and Peter Pan. Recently, this special little guy’s dream came true thanks to his friends at Kids Wish Network, an organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses.
Christopher has struggled with his health most of his young life. When he was just a baby, he suffered a brain injury. In addition, Christopher has a condition known as hydrocephalus, or ‘water on the brain’. He has undergone surgery to insert a bilateral shunt to drain the fluid from his brain. Christopher will need to have additional surgeries every few years.
Christopher’s adventure to Florida began soon after a family friend referred him to Kids Wish Network. After he was approved for a wish with the charity, his Kids Wish Network Wish Coordinator, Vanessa, asked him what he wanted most for his wish. Christopher knew right away what he would ask for: he wanted to visit Disney World.
Vanessa took care of all of the arrangements, including airfare for Christopher and his family to Orlando, hotel accomodations, theme park tickets and more. It was truly be a trip this courageous boy will never forget.
Christopher was one busy kid in Florida. He had tickets to just about every park in Orlando including, the Magic Kingdom, Sea World, Universal Studios, Epcot, MGM and the Animal Kingdom. It was a whirlwind adventure to be sure.
Vanessa also arranged for passes to Wonderworks, Orlando’s famous ‘upside down’ museum and dinner at the Pirates Dinner Adventure Theater where patrons get to watch a live pirate show while enjoying a delicious meal.
Christopher’s wish trip went a long way in bringing him some very special memories. These memories, along with plenty of pictures, will certainly make Christopher smile when he needs to the most. Sometimes, dreams really do come true.
Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following for helping to make Christopher’s wish come true: Butcher Shop Steak House, Longhorn Steakhouse, Pirates Dinner Adventure Theater, The Sheraton-Orlando and Wonderworks.