SEFFNER, Fla. — Local organizations and businesses went above and beyond to help national charity Kids Wish Network raise money for a local girl to have a wish granted.
Kids Wish Network has various programs that reach out to children in crisis across the country including a wish granting program for children with life-threatening illnesses. When Kids Wish Network received the application for Fatima, and was informed that her wish was a rush wish, the charity got right to work planning her wish to visit the Florida theme parks.
Fatima is 8-years-old and is fighting against a cancer of the spine called Astrocytoma. Because of the tumor’s location and continued growth, Fatima must rely on the use of a wheelchair, as her ability to walk has been claimed by the cancerous growth. She is currently in Hospice care.
A wish funding specialist from Kids Wish Network contacted local businesses and civic organizations to fund Fatima’s theme park wish. There were several generous people who helped create a memorable experience for Fatima, including the Hillsborough County Fire Fighters Local 2294, Hillsborough County Fire Fighters Charities, Inc, the Forest Eagles #4219 and Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Seffner.
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s even took it a step further and organized a fundraiser for Fatima. On the evening of August 11, the restaurant donated 20 percent of their dine-in and to go orders to Kids Wish Network to help fund Fatima’s wish.
According to Fatima’s mother, Luz, her daughter’s favorite theme park was Universal Studios where she enjoyed the “Simpsons” ride.
Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following for helping to make Fatima’s wish extra special: Hillsborough County Fire Fighters Local 2294, Hillsborough County Fire Fighters Charities, Inc, the Forest Eagles #4219, Seffner Beef O’ Brady’s, Regal Sun Resort, California Pizza Kitchen, Pirates Dinner Theater, Wonderworks, Fulton’s Crab House and Disney Compassion Program