FLINT, Mich.: Every birthday for 5-year-old Gracelyn Fenner is cherished by her parents, Brandi and Joshua. The Flint, Mich., child suffers from Cystic Fibrosis and has been hospitalized over 20 times in her short few years. This year, thanks to Florida-based children’s charity Kids Wish Network, Gracelyn’s birthday was celebrated in style as she began her wish trip to meet the Disney Princesses.
During the first four weeks of Gracelyn’s life, she became extremely ill and was failing to thrive. Doctors couldn’t immediately figure out why, but then began questioning the Cystic Fibrosis screening she received as a newborn. Because she has such rare genetic mutations, the test missed her markers initially. After the crippling diagnosis, came a very hard road back to stability. She has an IV port placed due to frequent hospitalizations and requires a feeding tube to help provide essential nutrients that she cannot ingest herself. Gracelyn most recently underwent surgery to remove her adenoids.
The outgoing, little girl requires daily medications and extensive breathing treatments but never lets it wear her down. She had plenty of energy to meet the Disney Princesses on her wish trip granted by Kids Wish Network. The all-expense paid wish sent Gracelyn and her family to sunny Florida where they stayed at the beautiful Calypso Cay Resort, dined at fabulous restaurants and enjoyed the magic of Disney World.
Gracelyn had the most fun at the Magic Kingdom where the family completed their mission to meet (almost) every Disney Princess. Her favorite pair was Elsa and Anna of Disney’s “Frozen”.
“This was definitely her dream, to meet all the Princesses,” recalls mom Brandi. “She was in heaven. We’re really grateful to Kids Wish Network for granting her wish.”
Kids Wish Network and Gracelyn would like to say thanks to everyone who helped grant her wish: Calypso Cay Resort, Compassion Partners, Dollar Rent A Car, Pirates Dinner Adventure, Chili’s, Bahama Breeze and Wonderworks.
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.