Kids Wish Network sends child, family to Florida

MANITOWOC — Joey Schultz, a Manitowoc boy who has hydrocephalus, had his wish to visit Florida theme parks granted through the national children’s charity Kids Wish Network and other sponsors.

The fifth-grader made the trip with family members on Sept. 30. The vacation included tickets to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios.

“It was a lot of fun,” said his mother, Adrianne. “Joseph loved his first airplane ride … he got to meet almost all the characters and he was super thrilled about that … he just loved the rides, especially at the Magic Kingdom.”

In fact, Joey loved the rides at Disney’s Magic Kingdom so much, he decided he wanted to go back a second day and even made a list of his favorite rides that he just had to ride again.

“We were really happy,” Adrianne said. “It was an awesome trip, and we just can’t thank you enough. We’re ready to go back again.”

The process began when Adrianne, after talking with a friend whose child had a wish granted through a charity, began looking into the possibility of having a wish granted to her son. During an online search, she found out about Kids Wish Network. A wish-funding specialist found sponsors to help send Joey and his family to Florida.

According to the Kids Wish Network, the following organizations helped to make Joey’s wish extra special: students and staff of Lakeshore Technical College, Hearts for Families, Manitowoc Tool & Machining, Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Association, Compassion Program, Royal Plaza Hotel, Dollar Thrifty Automotive, Pirates Dinner Adventure, California Pizza Kitchen and Wonderworks.

To sponsor a child’s wish or suggest a child who may be in need of the organization’s wish-granting services, call (888) 918-9004.

Herald Times Reporter
Manitowoc, Wisconsin
Published: 11/15/10

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