MUNIC, Ind. (May 5, 2015): Sisters Victoria and Kylie Steed share a lot in life. Besides just the usual sisterly-things like clothes, makeup, toys, and a family, they both suffer from life-threatening illness. And they both just had their wishes granted by children’s charity Kids Wish Network.
“We will never be able to thank Kids Wish Network enough for the great adventure it sent our family on,” recalls their mother, Heather Steed. “The girls have been through so much; we finally saw a light in them.”
Both girls have certainly faced a lot of struggles over the past few years. In 2006, Victoria, the oldest sister, was diagnosed with systemic juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, a rare form of the childhood joint disease that causes chronic pain and inflammation throughout the body. Throughout the following years, Victoria tried one medication after another, but kept suffering from painful episodes. The 19-year-old has been admitted to the hospital multiple times to help quiet the painful flares, but due to a necessary change in her medication, has started on another downward spiral.
Kylie suffered her first grand-mal seizure in May 2009 and was diagnosed with epilepsy, a seizure disorder that causes life-threatening complications. Her treatment plan has needed to be adjusted multiple times over the years and the 13-year-old’s seizures are now reduced to one every few months. However, her brain still has episodes that cause Kylie to forget, or lose, large amounts of daily memories.
Both of the sisters suffer from extreme complications from their life-threatening illness, but use their family as a strong support system. Kids Wish Network was very excited to send them on their dream family vacation to Washington, D.C., where the girls were immersed in the beauty of the historical city. The sisters were granted a VIP tour of the monuments, an exclusive viewing of the National Archives for Victoria, a trip to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo for Kylie, and an exciting experience at President Lincoln’s Cottage.
“Both the girls had the time of their lives,” added Heather Steed. “Thank you all so much.”
Kids Wish Network would like to thank all the generous Guardian Angel sponsors that helped make both sisters’ dreams come true: National Park Service, Smithsonian Institute, National Museum of History, Smithsonian’s National Zoo, Scary DC Ghost Tours, Representative Luke Messer, President Lincoln’s Cottage, National Archives, National Museum of American History, Bobby’s Burger Palace, Daily Grill, Good Stuff Eatery, E & B Paving, Inc., and Gaston American Legion Post 387.
Kids Wish Network is a nationwide charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experienced life-altering situations. Visit www.kidswishnetwork.org to learn more and find out how you can help makes dreams come true and sponsor a wish for a deserving child.