GENEVA, Indiana – A little boy with a life-threatening illness has the wish of his life with Kids Wish Network.
Born three months early, Hunter spent his first year of life in the hospital battling an illness called Hypogammaglobulinemia. He was placed on a ventilator and had a tracheotomy to assist his breathing until he was almost three-years-old. He uses a feeding tube, receives weekly blood treatments and has had numerous surgeries in his short life.
After learning about Kids Wish Network through her son’s nurse, Hunter’s mother, Ashla, gave them a call. It wasn’t long before little Hunter made his one wish known to Wish Coordinator, Jennifer: to visit Mickey Mouse at this “home” in Florida. Along with the assistance of Wish Funding Specialist, Megan, and some outstanding sponsors, Jennifer worked her magic and set up an awesome family getaway for Hunter and his family. This fabulous vacation included a stay at The Royal Plaza Hotel, dinner at the Pirates Dinner Adventure Theater and, of course, tickets to the Walt Disney World Resort and all of the other major Orlando theme parks!
Once in Orlando, Hunter and his family enjoyed a real action-packed vacation; their itinerary was booked with fantastic activities and awesome places to visit. Even their dinners were planned out!
Hunter had a blast visiting Sea World, Disney’s Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom. He rode plenty of rides and even enjoyed the cool soaking he got on Splash Mountain, much to the chagrin of his waterlogged parents. “It did keep us cool,” said Ashla.
Out of everything he experienced in Florida on his wish trip, the one thing that will stay with Hunter the longest will be the memory of meeting his longtime hero, Mickey Mouse. “Oh, he really loved that…he actually enjoyed meeting all the characters. They were definitely his favorites,” said Ashla of her little boy.
Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following for helping to make Hunter’s wish extra special: Compassion Partners, WonderWorks, Pirates Dinner Adventure, The Royal Plaza Hotel, California Pizza Kitchen, Geneva Dental Clinic, Knights of Columbus, United Auto Workers Union, Adams County Fraternal Order of Police #127, Berne Police Department, Geneva Police Reserves, Adams County Sheriff’s Department, Monroe Volunteer Fire Department, Preble Volunteer Fire Department, Geneva Volunteer Fire Department, Berne Volunteer Fire Department and Adams County Medics EMS Personnel.
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
Written by: Editorial Staff