Tinker Bell Befriends a Girl with Cerebral Palsy

Mia Grace Lazarine

“Mia was ecstatic over meeting her favorite fairy”

Immediately after birth, Mia had her first seizure which lasted 30 minutes. She was treated initially only for seizures, but soon her family started to notice her inability to hear; Mia had suffered significant hearing loss. More issues came when Mia was 6 months old. She was diagnosed with Failure to Thrive and put on a feeding tube, which she still uses for all of her nutritional needs.

Mia was diagnosed with another life-threatening illness: cerebral palsy, a movement disorder caused by damage to the developing brain. The disease has greatly affected her feet, hands, throat and balance and she uses a wheelchair for long distances.

Mia spent a whirlwind of days at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, excited by the number of cast members roaming around. Though Mia was ecstatic to have an audience with all of the characters in the park that she came across, her most treasured memory was meeting Tinker Bell. Mia took full advantage of all of the rides and attractions that the “happiest place on earth” had to offer. She loved watching the parade in front of Cinderella’s castle and thought the nightly fireworks were fantastic. Mia dedicated most of her time to exploring Magic Kingdom. “Mia absolutely loved it; she had the best time [on her wish trip],” exclaimed her dad, Bruce.

Only stopping to eat and refuel, Mia enjoyed meals at Red Robin, Garden Grove, and Hurricane Grill & Wings. Red Robin was a particular favorite of Mia’s as the staff went out of their way to decorate the restaurant and surprise Mia and her siblings with gifts upon their arrival. Mia made wonderful memories on her wish trip that are sure to last a lifetime.

Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following Guardian Angel sponsors who made Mia’s dreams possible:

• Compassion Partners
• Enchanted Entertainment
• Calypso Cay
• Enterprise Rent-A-Car
• Red Robin
• Garden Grove
• Hurricane Grill & Wings
• Merlin’s Magic Wand
• Orlando Eye
• Madame Tussauds
• Sea Life

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