COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – A girl with a life-threatening illness has her wish granted by international children’s charity Kids Wish Network and generous sponsors.
Hope is a local teen who has been diagnosed with a disease called spina bifida, a birth defect that occurs when a portion of the spinal column fails to close properly. In Hope’s case, her spina bifida derives from being born a partial, conjoined twin. The condition has caused Hope to undergo more than 50 surgeries; the most critical surgery occurring at just 3-months-old. She is able to walk short distances with the help of a walker, but mostly relies on a wheelchair for mobility.
Hope was referred to international children’s charity Kids Wish Network by a local chapter of the Black Sheep Harley-Davidsons for Christ, who really took an interest in Hope’s story. When asked to make her wish known, Hope said that she wanted to enjoy some true relaxation on a cruise with her parents.
With help from several sponsors, Hope’s wish was granted as she boarded a Carnival Cruise Liner headed to Cozumel, Mexico with a stop in Key West, Florida.
“They treated us like royalty on the ship,” said Hope’s mother, Lisa. “Everything we did was amazing.”
From the first moment to the very last, Hope and her family were given the VIP treatment with gifts in their room, a private tour of the bridge, backstage tour of the onboard show, a spa treatment and even an excursion to swim with dolphins – something Hope had always wanted to do.
Everywhere they went and everything they did, the staff and crew all seemed to know Hope’s name and made sure she had everything she could ever ask for.
“Everything we did was just off-the-charts wonderful,” said Lisa of her daughter’s wish. “It was the best. We couldn’t have asked for more.”
Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following for helping to make Cassie’s wish extra special: Carnival Cruise Lines; Intercontinental Miami; Hard Rock Café Miami; and A Family Limousine.
Kids Wish Network is a national charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experienced life-altering situations. Kids Wish Network assists children and their families through several key programs. Every child deserves a chance at happiness; a wish is just a way of bringing them that joy. If you would like to sponsor a child’s wish or if you know a child who is suffering from a life-threatening illness and may be in need of Kids Wish Network’s 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