EVERETT, Wash. (July 30, 2015): For the past three years, 16-year-old Brittney Davison has been battling for her life. The Everett, WA, teen faces multiple illnesses that never seem to grant her a moment of relief. But recently, thanks to children’s charity Kids Wish Network, Brittney was able to enjoy a week of no doctors, no hospitals, and no worries on her wish trip to San Diego for a beach vacation.
“Thank you for making Brittney’s wish trip such a special time for her,” adds her mother Stacy Davison. “When you have a sick child it affects the whole family, but this trip filled my heart with overflowing joy to watch our kids having fun together. Thank you so much!”
Brittney’s medical struggles started back in 2012 when she was diagnosed with an arachnoid cyst tumor, located at the base of her brain. She underwent a complicated surgery to remove the cyst In March 2013, and, although the surgery was successful, Brittney suffered many complications as a result.
The sweet and goal-oriented teen developed POTS, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, which causes the heart rate to increase upon standing. Brittney now suffers from vision problems, dizziness, and fainting. The cyst also caused TOS, thoracic outlet syndrome, in both of Brittney’s arms. She has already had two surgeries attempting to treat the compression of nerves and blood vessels.
Brittney was also diagnosed with a metabolic disorder that causes excessive blood clotting and constant inflammation throughout the body. Brittney is currently on a feeding tube because she can’t keep any food down, and she takes 12 daily medications. While Brittney’s cyst may have been removed, the rest of her conditions don’t seem to be improving.
Yet despite her daily pain and struggles, Brittney has tried to keep a positive attitude. She’s taken an active role in her health care and dreams of one day becoming a doctor. Growing up in Washington state, Brittney often fantasized about warm beaches, and Kids Wish Network was able to make that dream come true.
The charity arranged for Brittney and her family to travel to San Diego, CA, where the Davisons stayed at a luxury resort, visited local attractions, and spent time at the beach. Brittney’s wish trip was packed full of everything she’s been dreaming of, including a spa day, small shopping spree, visit to SeaWorld where she swam with the dolphins, and an excursion to the San Diego Zoo.
“Every single person involved in planning this wish for Britt didn’t miss a single detail,” adds Stacy. “From the welcome bag at the hotel, to the poolside mani/pedi, to the makeover at the mall with a shopping spree, Brittney has been blessed beyond measure; it was truly a special experience for her. We are so thankful.”
On behalf of Brittney and the Davison family, Kids Wish Network would like to thank the many generous Guardian Angel sponsors that helped make her dream come true: Marriott MarQuis San Diego Marina Hotel, The Hideaway Massage and Skin Care Day Spa, San Diego Zoo, San Diego Safari Park, Westfield UTC Mall, LAZ Valet Service, Sun Diego, Sephora, LUSH, Arc Light Movie Theatre, Red Robin, The Melting Pot, The Oceanaire Seafood Room, Seaworld, Aquatica, and National Car Rental.
Brittney continues to face her life-threatening illnesses with positivity and hope.
Kids Wish Network is a national 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.