Juliana was granted her wish of a shopping spree at The Florida Mall. All of the stores were amazing! At American Girl she was greeted with a personal shopper and lunch the American Girl Bistro. At Justice she was greeted by personal shoppers and her own dressing room decked out with posters and balloons. She left the first of many stores with a bundle of balloons and more bags than she could carry. The rest of the day was spent shopping for clothes, jewelry, accessories and anything else a 12-year-old girl could want.
It was truly a once in a lifetime experience. It is more than just the things that Juliana got that will help her though her journey. It is the memories of the warm receptions she was given at each store, all of the employees treating her like a princess, and the pure joy she felt that day that will have a lasting impact.
Designers and volunteers who’ve been working on the room while Hannah was in the hospital revealed the finished makeover to her. “They’ve just made me smile so much – probably more than I’ve smiled in a long time – because cancer brings you down but they lift you up,” said Hannah.
After the big reveal, Hannah got to share her newly-renovated space with her friends, some who she hasn’t been able to visit with much since her cancer treatments started back up. “It was a joy I haven’t had in a while, to show them all this room where I would usually be showing them my hospital room,” said Hannah
“The smile – any chance you get to see your child smile is amazing when you’re going through this journey. To watch her sit around with her friends in a room and be proud, and not think about cancer for a few minutes is a blessing.” ” said Elizabeth, Hannah’s mother.
At 13 years old, Abimael is confined to a wheelchair unable to run and play like other kids his age. One of Abimael’s favorite things to do is to watch Disney movies and he loves anything Disney. Abimael’s wish was to go on a Disney Crusie with his family. Over spring break he and his family set sail for the Bahamas! He couldn’t wait to spend time with Mickey and all the characters aboard the ship. The entire family had a fantastic time.
Victoria is a curious and energetic little girl. She delights in playing on playground equipment and digging in the dirt. She loves going outside and exploring the world around her; the butterflies and flowers, turtles and lizards, and rocks and sticks.
My husband and I bought this house with the yard in mind. Unfortunately, we do not seem to have green thumbs and the yard has not become the paradise we’d hoped for.
Having been born with Down Syndrome and a congenital heart defect Vika will always struggle with body strength and muscle tone. Now that she has the ability to go outside to play it will broaden her life experiences. Her quality of life would blossom as she explores her surroundings. Playing on a the play set will exercise her muscles and leave her mind free to focus on more academic pursuits. This increased strength and health will be especially important as we prepare for Vika’s impending open heart surgery this summer.
Our hope is that our daughter can enjoy everyday to the fullest. Thank you to New Hope for Kids for making her dream come true!
Ines – 9 years old. “We are so thankful for Disney Annual Passes for Ines and our family! Seeing Ines so happy and taking a break from endless therapy and doctor’s appointments is simply amazing to witness and we feel incredibly thankful and blessed by New Hope For Kids!” – Melinda Mitsouras (Ines’ Mom)
Gabriela – 12 years old. “Gabriela had a wonderful time on the Carnival Cruise. Our contact person on board, Mr. Fernando from guest relations, was very helpful. Gabriela was warmly greeted by almost every department on the ship. We were granted two shore excursions one in Freeport and one in Nassau that was great! The cruise director offered a backstage tour – Gabriela visited the bridge, met the captain and had a spa makeover. Everyone was fantastic and the cruise photographer offered a portrait session which was absolutely gorgeous”.
Thank you so very much for this experience, Jennifer Gaitan (Gabriela’s Mom)
Worlds cannot express the joy you brought to Karlee’s life and our entire family! I wish you could’ve seen her smile!
With your help we were able to give her the adventure of a lifetime one she will ALWAYS remember. You gave her a pontoon boat ride with swimming, jumping off the boat and and being surprised by wild mustangs on the river bank. You gave her a ride on a ski lift to the top of a mountain. You most importantly gave her snuggles, hugs and giggles with all of her siblings in one place. I will be forever grateful for your generosity.
When my son was in need of a therapy bike, (which was out of my price range) New Hope for Kids stepped in. They made sure to take care of us and treat us like family! Granting his wish to give him a therapy bike and making sure it fit his body type and physical needs was amazing. Any and all questions I ever had from the beginning were always answered in a timely matter.
Also, they were welcoming when inviting my son and family to other events that their program is involved in! New Hope for Kids doesn’t just help lives, they improve lives! Making things that might otherwise be difficult, less stressful and even enjoyable! If it was not for this foundation, my son (after all he has been through) wouldn’t have the bike he needs to help build his physical strength and emotional/mental confidence back! Thank you New Hope for Kids for all you have done, all that you are doing, and all that you will do for kids and families in the future!
Justin is a nine year old boy that was born with a rare birth defect called craniosynostosis. In addition to pressure in the brain, this causes delays in development, abnormalities to the skull and face. Over the years he has had reconstructive surgery and continues to face medical issues. Because there is no cure and only basic treatments, Justin must take medication and work with a large number of specialists on an ongoing basis.
Each of his conditions creates obstacles in day to day life. He suffers from headaches, fatigue, stomach pain, seizures and leg pain. The leg pain makes it difficult to balance and walk. It takes significant time and effort for Justin to do everyday things that are second nature to many of us.
Justin’s passion is animals. He loves cuddling with them and they help him to relax. Justin’s Wish was for a service dog. The service dog was trained by 4 Paws for Ability, Inc. located in Xenia, Ohio. They trained a dog specifically to help Justin, whose seizures can be extreme. In his case, the service dog alerts his parents of seizures, provide comfort, and also help Justin relax during procedures, assist him with balance, and other necessary support. Justin has not only received a new pet but a life changing companion!
On December 20, New Hope for Kids’ Wish child, Sean was honored as the “Magic Maker” and received his own Magic jersey to wear as he and his family sat courtside. His mom, Josy shared her impressions of the evening: