When her mother, Debi, was 22 weeks pregnant, Adora was diagnosed with Congenital Hydrocephalus, a condition in which a child is born with too much cerebral spinal fluid in the ventricles of the brain. Just four days after she was born, she began what would be a lifetime of treatment.
Now, seven years old, when notified that she was eligible to receive a wish, Adora knew exactly what she wanted: a trip to the land of magic and wonder, Walt Disney World® Resort, of course!
Adora and her family had the chance to escape into the magic of Disney after years of treatments and surgeries. “[It] was such a blessing,” says Debi. “It allowed our family to just be. No ER trips or overnight hospital stays, no shunt series or MRIs. Just relaxation and equal time spend with each of our children.”
Prior to her departure, Adora received a backpack full of presents from Make-A-Wish volunteers. She opened one gift per day leading up to her big trip, which only fueled her excitement.
Adora’s interaction with characters at the park was priceless, especially her time with Snow White. The princess kissed her on the forehead with her ruby red lipstick! Adora even got a Snow White dress from the Bippity Boppity Boo Boutique to match the princess.
Since returning from the trip, Adora is doing beautifully. Her educators said that she has become more interactive with her classmates during recess, and does more “pretend play” scenarios.
Special thanks: Wish granting volunteers April Brogan and Vickie Roig, Give Kids the World Village, Walt Disney World® Resort and Alaska Airlines.