Clarksburg, WV – International children’s charity, Kids Wish Network sends 8 year old Dominick, 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 3, Dominick’s mother began to notice that he was suddenly experiencing rapid weight gain. Soon after doctors diagnosed him with Steroid Resistant Nephrotic Syndrome, a disease that causes significant abnormalities in kidney function. The many symptoms and ill effects of this disease include: excess protein in urine, shortage of protein in blood, high cholesterol and blood pressure and extreme weight gain. This disease usually leads to kidney failure. Since his diagnosis, Dominick has been in and out of the hospital frequently and has endured weekly infusions that last for hours. His lungs and stomach often fill up with fluid and he is on a rigorous medication schedule that involves taking 20 pills a day.
For his wish, Kids Wish Network arranged an all-expense paid trip to Disney World for Dominick and his family including tickets to the many Orlando theme parks, as well as accommodations at the Sheraton Vistana Resort Villas, dinner each evening and ticket to Wonderworks. Dominick had a blast at Universal Studios and Epcott; he especially enjoyed the Spiderman 3D experience at Universal Studios.
“Dominick loved the fact that he 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 was so great to see him happy; that’s all that matters” said Janeice, Dominick’s mother.
“Nothing brings more delight to me than seeing a smiling child with their family, 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 Dominick’s trip so spectacular: Sheraton Vistana Resort Villas, Pirates Dinner Theater, Adobe Gila’s, CiCi’s Pizza, Wonderworks, Dollar Rent A Car, Carla Blank and VFW Post # 573.