Kids Wish Network, Dylan’s Disney Getaway

White Lake, MI- A little boy with heart defects gets the wish of his lifetime, thanks to Kids Wish Network.

Little Dylan has been in and out of the hospital with open-heart surgery three times in his four short years and is already scheduled for a fourth procedure. Dylan’s frequent surgeries are a result of seven congenital heart defects and situs inversus, a condition in which the organs in his abdominal and thoracic cavities are in a reversed position. In addition to all this, Dylan has also suffered from nerve damage in his foot and had to go through extensive rehab in order to be able to walk.

When asked by a Kids Wish Network representative for the one thing he wanted most in the world, Dylan replied, “Me go Mickey house!”

While in Orlando, Dylan got to visit all the theme parks he could handle, including Sea World, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Magic Kingdom. According to Dylan, his favorite activities were the “Mad Tea Party” ride at Disney and the sea lion show at Sea World. He also really enjoyed visiting ToonTown at the Magic Kingdom where he got to see where Mickey Mouse slept. Another guest, Dylan’s imaginary friend, Dave, also enjoyed the sea lion show and the “Mad Tea Party.”

According to Dylan’s mother, Deanna, ““It was all quite overwhelming. The gift of the trip is one thing, then there were the other gifts for the kids…It really left me speechless. It’s a really great thing you can do for the kids.”

Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following for helping to make Dylan’s wish extra special: Regal Sun Resort, Compassion Partners, Pirates Dinner Adventure, WonderWorks, California Pizza Kitchen and OSI Restaurant Partners, LLC.

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

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