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Jayce Berryman

“It was a great experience that we are truly so thankful for”

Three years ago, Jayce’s life was turned upside down when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Suddenly, the 5-year-old was faced with radically unstable blood sugar levels, daily injections, and insulin pumps. The life-threatening condition has taken an emotional toll on the now 8-year-old boy from New York. Kids Wish Network decided that Jayce needed something to brighten his spirits, so they sent him to the happiest place on earth! Jayce and his family packed their bags and headed south on a whirlwind vacation to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.

Jayce visited the famous Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. Jayce boarded the Hogwarts Express to travel between the two parks from Hogsmeade to Diagon Alley and back again. After a fantasy-filled day of potions, spells, and magic wands, Jayce got a surprise visitor during dinner at CiCi’s Pizza when his favorite superhero, Batman, from Once Upon a Party dropped by to meet him! The fun continued the next day when the family went to Disney World. Jayce “loved the castle” and “really enjoyed meeting Mickey Mouse as well as Rafiki from The Lion King” at Animal Kingdom, according to his mom, Lindsey.

The family also received admission to The Orlando Eye, Sea Life Aquarium, and Madame Tussauds courtesy of Merlin Entertainment. After long days of riding roller coasters, meeting characters, and having a blast, Jayce winded down by having delicious dinners at Bahama Breeze and the family favorite, Emeril’s, where everything was “outstanding,” said Lindsey. Overall, the whole vacation was “such a great experience that we are truly so thankful for,” she continued.

Currently, Jayce is managing his life-long illness by closely monitoring his blood sugar levels and administering medication via an insulin pump. He enjoys being outdoors, playing baseball, riding his bike, and watching SpongeBob.

Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following Guardian Angel sponsors:
• House of Blues
• Bahama Breeze
• Emeril’s Restaurant Orlando
• CiCi’s Pizza
• Merlin Entertainment
• Compassion Partners
• Once Upon a Party

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Kids Wish Network is a charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experienced life-altering situations. Kids Wish Network assists children and their families through several key programs.