OREGON CITY, Ore.: For 15-year-old Miranda Eells, Disney World really is the place where dreams come true. The Oregon City teen has been dreaming of visiting the magical parks for years, and thanks to children’s charity Kids Wish Network, her wish was finally granted.
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. Miranda qualified for the organization’s wish-granting program, which grants wishes to children ages 3-18 who are suffering from a life-threatening illness.
Miranda was diagnosed with an extremely rare condition called Goltz syndrome when she was only 18 months old; in 1998, there were only 161 diagnosed cases of the disorder. The genetic condition is characterized by distinctive skin abnormalities and a wide variety of defects that affect the eyes, teeth and almost every system in the body. Then, when Miranda was 14, she started experiencing frequent high fevers and was eventually diagnosed with subacute bacterial endocarditis, an inflammation of the inner layer of the heart. Miranda had open-heart surgery in June last year for an aorta valve replacement.
Thankfully, Miranda was able to recover in time for her wish trip to the Florida theme parks; she was especially excited to visit Cinderella’s castle and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Miranda and her family were treated to luxury accommodations, dined at fantastic local restaurants, and experienced all the magic of the parks.
“I have wanted to go to Florida and Disney World for years,” Miranda said. “Thank you Kids Wish Network for making my wish come true. I will never forget this experience.”
Kids Wish Network would like to thank all the generous sponsors that helped grant Miranda’s wish: Calypso Cay Resort, Compassion Partners Program, Longhorn Steakhouse, Dollar Rent A Car, Tony Roma’s, Uno Chicago Grill, and Wonderworks.
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