Buford, GA – Eight-year-old Giovanni of Buford is an incredibly happy little guy with a cheerful nature. This special boy most enjoys spending time outdoors and especially loves boating and golfing. Some of Giovanni’s other favorite activities include playing video games, playing cards and watching Pokemon on television. While in many ways, Giovanni is a typical little boy, there is something that makes him unique from his peers: Giovanni has kidney disease.
Giovanni had a kidney transplant when he was just 14 months old. Since that time, he has struggled frequently with his health. He has undergone countless dialysis treatments and has also developed a severe breathing disorder. Giovanni is now in danger of rejecting his kidney and will likely need another transplant.
Recently, this brave little guy enjoyed a very special break away from his worries for a while thanks to his friends at Kids Wish Network, an organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses. Giovanni was referred to the charity through a family friend. When his mother, Michelle, was notified by Kids Wish Network and learned that Giovanni was eligible for a wish, the family was thrilled.
Giovanni didn’t hesitate when Kids Wish Network wish coordinator, Jessica, asked him for his number one wish pick: he wanted to go to Disney World!
Jessica quickly took care of all the details, including airfare, hotel accomodations, theme park tickets and more. From there began Giovanni’s incredible adventure to the Sunshine State.
During his busy stay in Orlando, Giovanni took full advantage of his packed itinerary. He had a blast visiting all of the different theme parks, including Epcot, MGM, Universal Studios and of course, the Magic Kingdom where he got to hobnob with some of his favorite Disney characters in person.
Jessica had some other fun things in store for Giovanni. In addition to securing passes to Wonderworks, the area’s well-known ‘upside-down’ museum, she also booked his farewell dinner reservations at Pirates Dinner Adventure Theatre where patrons nosh on a delicious dinner while watching a live pirate show.
After so much fun and excitement, it was definitely hard to return home. However, when Giovanni and his family did get back, they brought with them plenty of pictures and souvenirs and even more amazing memories. It certainly was a dream come true for one very deserving little boy!
Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following for helping to make Giovanni’s wish come true: Beef O’Brady’s, Big River Grille & Brewing, Pirates Dinner Adventure Theater, Royal Plaza Hotel and Wonderworks.
Kids Wish Network is a nationally recognized non-profit organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children. If you know a child between the ages of 3 and 18 who may be in need of its wish granting services, please call 727-937-3600 or toll free 888-918-9004. For more information on Kids Wish Network, visit their website at www.kidswishnetwork.org