Elizabeth Has a Blast with Her New Laptop
EAGLE ROCK, Va. – A young lady with a life-threatening illness gets the computer of her dreams with a little help from Kids Wish Network.
Elizabeth is an outgoing, friendly girl with a lot of heart. A well-rounded fourteen-year-old, she enjoys a variety of activities such as fishing, hunting and collecting coins. She is a big fan of singer Josh Turner, and her favorite subject in school is technology.
Before Elizabeth was born, doctors informed her parents that she had suffered an intraventricular hemorrhage, or bleeding in the brain. The condition has left her with cerebral palsy and seizures, and she is legally blind. Despite missing half of her brain, Elizabeth is in the eighth grade, but she must utilize low-vision devices at school. She has endured orthopedic surgery on her arms and leg to correct some of the spasticity caused by her cerebral palsy. Due to paralysis that sometimes strikes half of her body, Elizabeth utilizes a wheelchair at times.
Once referred to children’s charity, Kids Wish Network, it wasn’t long before Elizabeth was telling Wish Coordinator, Vanessa, all about her wish to have her very own laptop.
“She’s wanted one [a laptop] for quite awhile now. She uses one at school and she wanted one here,” said Elizabeth’s mother, Dawn. With her vision problems, it was essential that Elizabeth’s laptop have software for magnifying the text and images so that she could see them. It was through the amazing generosity of EnableMart that Elizabeth was sent a program called ZoomText, software that works perfectly for her vision.
So far, Elizabeth has thoroughly enjoyed watching DVDs on her laptop and she can’t wait to get connected to the internet so that she can enjoy her favorite website: YouTube!
The one thing that Elizabeth wasn’t expecting was a brand new printer to accompany her laptop. “She’s really excited about that,” said her mom. She just can’t wait to start printing and surfing the ‘net. It’s apparent that Elizabeth’s wish really did come true, and that was just what Vanessa and everyone else at Kids Wish Network and EnableMart wanted for her.
For making Elizabeth’s wish extra special, Kids Wish Network would like to thank: EnableMart and Wal-Mart.
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