Five years ago, Katie experienced terrible symptoms of stomach pain, weight loss and bleeding that indicated a diagnosis of Crohn’s Disease, an autoimmune disorder that affects the gastrointestinal tract. Unlike a lot of people with the disorder, none of the common treatments or medications has been able to control her symptoms. She is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatments to control the severe inflammation in her intestines and colon.
Katie’s mom said that Katie “had a fantastic birthday. She just shined. She loved the Aquarium but thinks eating at Joe’s Crab Shack on her birthday was her favorite experience! Tina, our waitress, made it a really fun time. The people at Ghirardelli Square made her stay [at The Fairmont Heritage] fabulous. They gave her birthday gifts, cupcakes and invitations to eat free all day! They were so kind and generous toward all of us. It was truly a birthday she will never forget. A great place to turn 13…”
Katie, her 5 siblings and her parents then took off on a leisurely road trip that culminated in Anaheim, the home of Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure Park and close to Knott’s Berry Farm. She really enjoyed the rides at the parks, such as Space Mountain, Toy Story Mania and Sierra Sidewinder.
Katie says, “I am so thankful for this trip that was so much fun for my whole family…especially me! Thank you for the best birthday, ever! I am grateful to everyone who made this happen for us.” She continued, “Thank you Kids Wish Network!! We love you Jill! God Bless!”