Recall a memorable family vacation or get-together
bout eleven years ago at this time we were in Florida. It was definitely a family vacation to never forget. It was a Make-A-Wish trip for our daughter Jessica Joy. Her wish was to see Mickey Mouse, give him a hug and take a walk with him. It certainly was done in grand style we were not use to! Two limos picked up our family early in the morning, taking us to the airport. We stayed at Give Kids the World in Kissimmee, Florida, not too far from Disney. Give Kids the World is an amazing place to stay at for for kids with life threatening illnesses. Some don’t even leave this resort like place with everything from a swimming pool, carousel, ice cream shop, dining hall and condo like places to stay at including a little train that passes through the village to take us about. We were loaned a nice passenger van and went to Disney, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Sea World. Jessica’s “wish” was granted at Give Kids the World, where the “real” Mickey Mouse came to visit and took her for a walk, ALONE! He took her by the hand, shooed the rest of us off and skipped away with her. When he brought her back he lifted her up and hugged her. It was quite the tear-jerker to say the least.
When we went to the various parks, Jessica wore a big “Make-A-Wish” badge which allowed our family to by-pass all the lines. When the “real” Cinderella saw her at palace, she excused the rest of the visitors and also spent special time with Jessica and our other girls.
We had no worries during our stay there. ALL meals were provided along with spending money for souvenirs and many extras including getting our pictures developed. The other special memory is Matthew was with us. For so long we wondered how long we would have Jessica . . . never imagining we’d lose another child. It’s quite precious memories we have.
Make-A-Wish and Give Kids the World are amazing organizations to help families and make dreams come true for special kids.