The Walt Disney Company Celebrates 100,000 Wishes with Make A Wish

Make A Wish recently celebrated their 100,000th Disney wish. How incredible! Make A Wish has been working with The Walt Disney Company now for 35 years.“It’s amazing to think that 35 years ago, Make-A-Wish granted its very first wish at the Disneyland Resort, which sparked a legacy of fulfilling wishes that has captured so many hearts,” said Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “It’s wonderful to celebrate our 100,000th wish together, and we’re proud to play a role in … [Read more...]

In Memory of Julia: Houston Family walking from Disneyland to Walt Disney World

Recently, a Houston family lost their 8 year old Princess Julia to a rare form of pediatric cancer, Ewing's Sarcoma. Princess Julia loved Disney and her Make-A-Wish trip was to Walt Disney World. Sadly, Princess Julia passed away at the conclusion of that trip.To honor her memory, her family is walking the 4,000 miles from Disneyland to Walt Disney World.Their journey began at Disneyland in late August and this family of 5 walks 25 miles a day. One parent follows in the family Suburban … [Read more...]

When you “Make-A-Wish” Upon a Star!

Having a child with needs that are different than what one would expect or anticipate is challenging both in execution and acceptance. Our road with our almost six year old daughter has been nothing other than the opposite of what we had thought it would be during the time we were pregnant. When Addison was just six months old, an infectious disease doctor at the Cleveland Clinic told us to prepare ourselves to not celebrate her first birthday. Obviously they didn’t know that she would far … [Read more...]

Walt Disney World Loves Sharing the Magic!

Disney is a huge company with nearly 70,000 Disney Cast Members who live and work in Central Florida, Walt Disney World Resort is committed to investing in its local community. Disney is focused on improving the quality of life in Central Florida, with a special interest in helping children and families.Disney contributes to the local community in a lot ways – through the millions of dollars in taxes it generates for local governments, the leadership it provides on important community … [Read more...]

Chemo Friends are Going to Disney World Together thanks to Make a Wish!

This story is sad yet cute all at the same time.Dorothy is 4 and Bryce is 5 years old, they met in the hospital where they were both receiving chemo treatments for Leukemia. Dorothy found her way into Bryce's room after one of her treatments and they instantly became friends. Their moms say that the friendship has helped them through their illness and treatments.Bryce asked the Make a Wish Foundation if him and his new friend could go to Disney World together, so of course they … [Read more...]

Little Girl gets her Disney Wish

Emma Giacona, is a 7-year-old girl who always wanted to take a Disney cruise. Her dream will finally come true. She is finally getting her Disney Wish thanks to some very generous people and one very kind Nashville resident.Emma underwent multiple surgeries earlier this year to remove abscesses in her brain and neck. Her health appeared to be declining so her family applied to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Thankfully her health improved and she was released from the hospital.Ed Alison read … [Read more...]

Disney Cruise Line Takes Part in First AquaDucky Derby Fundraiser

Funds Raised From Duck Races Donated To Make-A-Wish International. Thousands of Disney Cruise Line guests and crew members recently volunteered their time on all four ships to take part in the first “AquaDucky Derby” rubber duck races in the ships’ pools and famous water coasters to raise nearly $14,000 for Make-A-Wish International.The events saluted the 30th anniversary of the Disney VoluntEARS program, which provides opportunities for Disney cast and crew members to donate their time to … [Read more...]

Make-a-Wish Foundation Sends Knoxville Girl to Disney World

The Make-a-Wish Foundation helps make dreams come true for children with life-threatening medical conditions. Children can make a wish from one of four categories: I wish to go, I wish to be, I wish to meet, or I wish to have. In fact, they grant a wish every thirty-eight minutes for a child.The Make-a-Wish foundation works with a seventy-acre "storybook" resort in Orlando called the Give Kids the World Village. Make-a-Wish families can stay here during their trip so children can receive … [Read more...]

Ill Boy And Family Are Going To Walt Disney World

Thanks to the Make-A-Wish foundation and the generosity of local businesses young David Zachmann and his family are getting a long overdue vacation to Walt Disney World.David Zachmann, 11, has struggled his entire left with chronic illness.  He suffers from a rare disease called Hirschsprung’s, that prevents his digestive system from properly functioning.  David also has Down syndrome and autism.  He was born with a heart condition and then when he was 3 weeks old his doctors discovered he … [Read more...]

Disney World Trip Brings Joy To Farmington Baby And Family

Thanks to the help from family and friends, 16-month-old Addilyn Davis was able to meet her favorite character, Mickey Mouse, at The Walt Disney World Resort in May.Born in August of 2011 Addilyn was diagnosed in February with Krabbe disease, a genetic disorder of the central nervous system.  Unfortunately there is no cure of treatment for the disease, so Addilyn faces a shortened life.Eighteen family members, made the trip with Addilyn, including her parents Jamie and Kyle Davis.  The … [Read more...]