All children wish to travel to exciting amusements parks with their family. But, when a child is sick, that wish can often seem like a distant dream when most of their time is spent in hospitals, and most of the family’s money spent on medical bills.
One Peoria girl had her wish granted recently by the Kids Wish Network. Taylor Landreth suffers from a rare autosomal disease. Landreth was diagnosed when she was 13 years old after she fainted suddenly. After three and a half years of hospital visits and tests, she was finally diagnosed with Muckle-Wells syndrome, as well as multiple intestinal conditions. The extremely rare disease causes the body’s immune system to attack itself. Taylor has undergone four procedures and is completely dependent on IV nutrition, because her stomach no longer works. Besides receiving shots every five days, the brave girl takes 10 medications each day, and suffers from frequent spinal pressure, headaches, and fainting spells.
Through Kids Wish Network Landreth was given the chance to have her greatest wish granted. Landreth simply chose to spend some time with her mom, dad, brothers and sisters at an amusement park having fun.
The international children’s charity, Kids Wish Network, arranged an all expenses paid trip to Florida for Taylor and her family that included theme park tickets, accommodations, and dinners each evening. While there, Taylor and her family were able to visit Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios.
Taylor said her favorite visits during the trip included the Rock ‘N Roller Coaster at Hollywood Studios, Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom, and the Pirate’s Dinner Adventure Show.
Taylor’s mother said she and her family were so grateful to have time together.
“Words cannot express our gratitude for this time that allowed us to be a family and focus on non-medical issues,” she said. “So much of our life is back and forth, that it was really nice for one week to get away and relax together. We really needed it. Thank you.”