FREMONT, Mich. – International children’s charity Kids Wish Network announced today that, thanks to the cast and crew of hit show NCIS and generous sponsors, a Michigan girl’s fondest dream has come true. Emma Bush toured the set, watched an episode being filmed, and got to hang out with actors Mark Harmon, Pauley Perrette, Mike Weatherly, and David McCallum. Kids Wish Network is a Florida-based charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experienced life-altering situations.
“With the generosity and the enthusiasm of kind partners like CBS and the crew of NCIS, we are able to bring the magic of Kids Wish Network to life for thousands of children each year,” said Kids Wish Network Executive Director Anna Lanzatella. “There is nothing like bringing a smile to the face of a child in need, and we are privileged to be able to improve their quality of life.”
When 12-year-old Emma Bush was given the chance to have a wish granted through Kids Wish Network, she knew exactly what she wanted: to visit the set of her favorite TV show, NCIS. Just last year, Emma was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a disease that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections. Emma’s condition was so bad that no nutrients were being absorbed into her body and she was immediately started on a drastic regimen of enzymes to help reverse the damage being done.
To make her dream come true, Kids Wish Network arranged an all expenses paid trip to Los Angeles for Emma and her family along with extra surprises, including a gift box filled with toys and games tailored to Emma’s likes and preferences, limousine rides to and from her destinations, a guided tour of Los Angeles, and even tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood.
“It was amazing,” said Emma of her wish. “I felt like a star and everyone was so nice to us. I loved everything, but going to the set of NCIS was definitely my favorite.”
Emma arrived at CBS Studios in a limo and was given a VIP tour of each NCIS set. She especially enjoyed her visit to Abby’s closet to try on some gothic boots and walking into Abby and Ducky’s lab, where she happily laid out on an autopsy table for a picture. During the tour, Emma watched scenes being filmed and met up with actress Pauley Perrette, actor David McCallum, and writer Scott Williams. She was also introduced to actor Mike Weatherly and star Mark Harmon, who was so happy to meet Emma that he wanted her to stay on the set all day and hang out with the cast. Emma was on Cloud Nine.
“I couldn’t believe it all. It was so awesome. I got to see everyone and go everywhere. It was neat to watch them filming…it was amazing. My favorite part was meeting Pauley Perrette because she’s so awesome,” said Emma.
Once home, Emma got to work telling all of her friends about her wish trip, adding her new Hollywood snowglobe to her collection, and writing thank you letters to everyone who made her wish possible.
“I’m so happy I got my wish granted,” said Emma. “Because if I didn’t, I never would have gotten to do something like this on my own. Thank you so much!”
Every child deserves a chance at happiness; a wish is 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.