Kids Wish Network Makes a Dream Come True for Tennessee Teen

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn – International children’s charity, Kids Wish Network sends 19 year old Jennifer, who is suffering from a life-threatening illness, on an all-expenses paid trip to Disney World. Kids Wish Network is a Florida -based organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experienced life-altering situations.

At the age of 17, Jennifer began having pain in her knee. After enduring months of testing doctors confirmed that she had a cancerous tumor behind her sternum and lesions throughout her body. Sadly, Jennifer was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma, which had already spread to her bone marrow and other parts of her body. Doctors immediately started Jennifer on a treatment plan consisting of 6 months of chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant, followed by a painful chest surgery to remove tumors. During all of her treatments, Jennifer remained in isolation and unfortunately will continue to be hospitalized for further chemotherapy, radiation, and antibody treatments.

For her wish, Kids Wish Network arranged an all-expense paid trip to Disney World for Jennifer and her family including tickets to the many Orlando theme parks, as well as accommodations at the Hyatt Place Orlando/Universal, and dinner each evening. Jennifer had a blast at Universal Studios; she specifically enjoyed the Blues Brothers concert and also loved the killer whale show at Sea World.

“Jennifer loved the fact that she was able to have a vacation with the whole family. We are so grateful for this experience and what Kids Wish Network did for us, it couldn’t have been any better.” said Angela, Jennifer’s mother.

“Nothing brings more delight to me than seeing a smiling child, it’s truly an amazing sight to see,” said Kids Wish Network Executive Director Anna Lanzatella.

Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following for making Jennifer’s trip so spectacular:, Disney World, the Hyatt Place Orlando/Universal, House of Blues, TGI Friday’s, Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, Wonderworks and Dollar Car rental.

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.

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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.