FRESNO, Calif – International children’s charity Kids Wish Network celebrates the generosity of its partners who helped send Vanessa, a Fresno teenager, who suffers from a seizure disorder, on an all-expenses paid vacation to fulfill her childhood dream. 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.
“Every day, we work to ensure that children facing life-threatening illnesses are given the opportunity to smile a little brighter. With help from our generous donors, we are working to make a difference in the lives of tens of thousands of children every year,” said Anna Lanzatella, Executive Director of the Kids Wish Network.
Vanessa was born premature, at just 30 weeks and was only two when she was diagnosed with a seizure disorder. As a result, she is developmentally delayed and at 17, Vanessa has the mental aptitude of a 10 year old. Although she needs help performing her daily tasks, she still manages to attend a half day of regular classes and half day of special education classes.
When Kids Wish Network gave Vanessa the opportunity to have a wish granted she asked to visit the many theme parks of Orlando, Florida. To bring Vanessa’s dream to life, Kids Wish Network arranged an all-expenses paid trip, including accommodations at the Double Tree Guest Suites, dinner each evening and, of course, tickets to every theme parks she wanted to visit. While in Orlando, Vanessa and her family were able to visit Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Epcott and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Vanessa’s favorite experiences at the theme parks were seeing Mickey Mouse and all the Disney Princesses. The entire family enjoyed the special treatment they received everywhere they went
“This experience was a blessing from God!” said Vanessa’s mother, Nicolasa. “Vanessa loved it so much that she wanted to stay there forever, she felt like she was living in a dream. The entire family is so grateful to Kids Wish Network, God Bless.”
Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following partners for making Vanessa’s wish so magnificent: Compassion Partners, Double Tree Guest Suites, Pirate’s Dinner Adventure Theater, The Cheesecake Factory, California Pizza Kitchen, Wonder Works and Dollar Rent A Car.
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.