Hannah Had a California Beach Vacation!

Hannah surfing wish

“Hannah was over the moon about surfing…We are so grateful for this experience”

In 2008, Hannah was suddenly rushed to the emergency room and hospitalized for 5 days. She was diagnosed with the flu which caused an onset of severe Diabetes mellitus type 1, an auto immune disease in which the pancreas does not produce insulin. Only about 5% of people with diabetes have this form of disease. With insulin and other therapies Hannah copes with her illness but must wear an insulin pump and is taking part in a new medical trial for Diabetes.

For her wish, Kids Wish Network arranged an all-expense paid trip to California for Hannah and her family including a day of surfing with the Kula Nalu Surf Training Facility and tandem surfing with the legendary, Bobby Friedman. Hannah and her family also enjoyed an exciting day at Disneyland.

“Hannah was over the moon about surfing. Her favorite part was tandem surfing and catching her first wave; she felt like she was flying. We are so grateful for this experience and what Kids Wish Network did for us.” said Brandy, Hannah’s mother.

Help Grant the Wish of Another Child

Name: Hannah
Age: 14
State: OH
Illness: Diabetes
Wish: California Beach Vacation
Wish Category: Travel


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Kids Wish Network is a 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.