Paige’s Passion for Princesses

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“Meeting her favorite Disney characters meant the world to her”

Paige was diagnosed at birth with biliary atresia, a blockage in the tubes that carry bile from the liver to the gallbladder. It can lead to liver damage and cirrhosis, which is deadly if not treated. Paige was constantly suffering from infections as a result of her condition. By the time she was 4 months old, her liver was covered in scar tissues and not working properly. At just 7 months old, Paige needed a liver transplant. She spent her entire first year of life in and out of the hospital and then another three years suffering from transplant rejection issues. Paige still needs to take anti-rejection medication and has a very weak immune system.

Paige is a happy and patient little girl who wants to be a ballerina when she grows up and if she could meet anyone, she would choose Barney. Above all else though, her dream was to visit Disneyland and spend time with Queen Elsa from Frozen, Ariel from the Little Mermaid, and Rapunzel from Tangled. Kids Wish Network indulged Paige’s passion for princesses and sent her to Disneyland in California.

“She had a blast,” said Paige’s mom Amy. Her favorite rides were Peter Pan’s Flight and Splash Mountain. Courtesy of Creative Parties for Kids, a certain ice queen and ice princess surprised Paige one night while she was having dinner at California Pizza Kitchen. Being able to spend time with them meant the world to Paige. Her trip also consisted of a visit to the Santa Ana Zoo where she was privy to a special tour. Paige rode the carousel and saw countless animals. Next she headed to the Discovery Cube Science center where she enjoyed touching dinosaur bones and feeling a pretend earthquake. The LEGO fan couldn’t have been happier to spend a day at the LEGOLAND California theme park as well. Paige met a master builder and went on a private model shop tour of her favorite colorful toys.

Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following Guardian Angel sponsors for participating in Paige’s wish:

• Ayres Hotel
• Enterprise Rent-A-Car
• Santa Ana Zoo
• Creative Parties for Kids
• California Pizza Kitchen
• Bubba Gump Shrimp Company
• Merlin’s Magic Wand
• Compassion Partners
• BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse
• Discovery Cube Science Center

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