Kaitlyn was diagnosed by her doctors with fanconi anemia; the result of a genetic defect in proteins responsible for DNA repair. Since her condition could develop into cancer or result in bone marrow failure, Kaitlyn has endured a lot of hospital visits, tests and experimental drugs in an effort to treat her. Thankfully, her condition is currently stable, though she still makes frequent trips to the hospital so they can watch for signs of cancer. Despite academic and social delays, Kaitlyn is determined to play and have fun like an 11-year-old girl should be able.
Kaitlyn is a strong-willed, caring and mischievous young girl. Her favorite activities include riding her bike, watching movies and listening to music. Kaitlyn’s one true wish was to go to Walt Disney World® Resort and thanks to your incredible support Kaitlyn and her family recently returned from their once-in-a-lifetime wish experience!
Kaitlyn’s wish began with a limousine ride to the airport and a flight to Orlando, Florida. A volunteer met the family at the airport with a sign bearing Kaitlyn’s name, welcoming her to Orlando. They checked into their own private villa at Give Kids The World Village where they spent an entire week forming truly magical memories. This village is an incredible destination and was created specifically for our wish families. There are special activities planned for the children every day of the week whether it’s horseback riding, singing at Village Idol, swimming in the heated pools, playing at the Candy Land Game playground or one of a dozen other exciting opportunities.
Kaitlyn loves animals, especially sea creatures, so she was thrilled to go on a special dolphin tour at SeaWorld that allowed Kaitlyn and her family to participate in a training session, see how the dolphins are cared for and even touch and interact with them. SeaWorld was her favorite place to visit because she got to interact with dolphins, see sting rays and even get splashed by Shamu!
Kaitlyn and her family were able to discover all the magic of Disney as they explored Magic Kingdom®, Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Park, Epcot®, Disney’s Hollywood StudiosTM, SeaWorld, Universal’s Islands of Adventure® and Universal Studios Florida®. Kaitlyn’s mother and father thanked us repeatedly for Kaitlyn’s wish experience and for giving them the opportunity to spend this precious week together forming life-long memories. Thank you for your generous ongoing support to help make life-affirming wishes like Kaitlyn’s come true!