DISCOVERY BAY, CA : The Figueridos of Discovery Bay, CA, are a typical American family, except for one unfortunate difference: 3-year-old Layla suffers from Spina Bifida. The life-threatening condition is a daily struggle for the family of five, but recently the Figueridos were able to put aside their worries and enjoy an amazing wish granted by Kids Wish Network.
The youngest of three children, Layla was diagnosed with Spina Bifida and hydrocephalus before birth. Her mother was told it was unlikely that Layla would survive delivery, but proving to be a tenacious fighter, Layla has continued to thrive against her disability. Her illness, and resulting hydrocephalus, forced doctors to place a shunt in her brain immediately after birth, and she has since undergone 12 surgeries in her short three years.
Facing her 13th surgery at the end of February, Layla was able to spend quality family time with her mom, dad, brother and sister before another two months of hard recovery thanks to Kids Wish Network. The children’s charity sent inspirational Layla and the entire family on an all-expense paid wish to Disney World.
“We love spending time together as a family,” says Layla’s mother, Jeanette Figuerido. “This wish was a special treat, especially with Layla’s upcoming surgery.”
Layla and her family enjoyed their stay at the fabulous Reunion Resort, visiting the Disney parks and eating at unique Orlando restaurants. The spunky little girl spent time in the Magic Kingdom riding Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid, chatting with Mary Poppins at Epcot, and meeting Mickey and Minnie Mouse at the Animal Kingdom.
“It’s very hard to pick Layla’s favorite part,” relays Figuerido. “She had fun everywhere we went. But that’s Layla; she’s got quite the little personality.”
Kids Wish Network would like to thank all the generous sponsors that help grant Layla’s wish: Reunion Resort, Compassion Partners, WonderWorks, Pirates Dinner Adventure, Dollar Rent A Car, Maggiano’s Little Italy and Bubbalous Bodacious Barbeque.
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. Come experience the Kids Wish Network difference.