SALISBURY, NC: Courtney Wright of Salisbury, North Carolina, is in most ways a typical teenage girl; she loves hanging out with her friends, is into fashion, and enjoys the theater. But unfortunately, Courtney is not your average teen; she suffers from a dangerous and life-threatening form of Sever Ulcerative Colitis. To help keep her positive, children’s charity Kids Wish Network recently granted Courtney’s wish to sail away from her troubles for a bit on a Caribbean cruise.
Courtney fell ill during a family vacation in 2012 and spent the following weeks undergoing multiple inconclusive tests as her health continued to decline. In November of that year, the teen was diagnosed with Sever Ulcerative Colitis, an inflammation of the colon. While this illness can often be treated with antibiotics, Courtney didn’t respond to various doses of medications and the disease continued to plague her body.
Doctors decided to perform a radical procedure to help alleviate Courtney’s symptoms and removed her colon, appendix and a significant portion of her large intestine. Her recovery process has been slow, spending an excess of 80 days in hospitals as her immune system tries to recover, but she has remained extremely positive throughout the struggle.
“It’s been amazing to watch Courtney’s interactions with the people around her,” says mom Yvette. “Even though she’s been through a lot, she’s so compassionate. She is constantly looking around at others’ situations and encouraging them.”
Kids Wish Network recently sent the inspiring teen and her family on Courtney’s ultimate dream vacation: an all-expense paid wish trip for a Caribbean cruise. The Wright family set sail on the Carnival Fantasy and enjoyed the amazing hospitality. From nightly cookies and chocolate-covered strawberries in her room to chef tours, spa days and amazing excursions, Courtney was extended the royal treatment.
“We had so much fun on the Courtney’s wish,” Yvette recalls. “Everything exceeded our expectations; thank you so much for granting her wish.”
Kids Wish Network sends out another big thank-you to the generous sponsors who helped make Courtney’s wish come true: Carnival Cruise Lines, The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel and Applebee’s.
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 experience life-altering situations.