Aidan’s wish was for the Disney Halloween Cruise. He was determines to meet “Jack” from the “Nightmare before Christmas”. His mom described the trip as nothing less than magical. “It was fantastic! Aidan had an amazing time,” his mom wrote. During the cruise, Aidan got the royal treatment from the ship’s crew. He played in the ship’s Youth Activities spaces and spent time enjoying all the amenities on-board. The real magic happened when Aidan had a private meeting with Jack, Mickey Mouse and friends. With autograph book in hand, he got every Disney character’s signature and plenty of hugs. Aidan is very proud that he could give his family such a memorable, once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Terryana’s wish for a shopping spree at the Florida Mall was a success. Shopping from the minute the doors opened and picking out items like a professional Terryana made the most of her day. What made the day even more special was tjhe fact she was just released from the hospital after 8 days of treatment. Making this wish exactly what the doctor ordered – a fun shopping celebration!
“I want to reach out to you to let you know the impact the sensory bubble tube had on Caden. From the moment the box arrived at the door, Caden was in shock. He helped set it up in his room, and he is now often found just relaxing in front of the tube. Let me share with you the benefits of a sensory tube. The soothing lights, bubbles, visual display as well as the sound and vibration of this unit make it a perfect calming device for Caden. He often gets overwhelmed with certain events, and the bubble tube helps to center and calm him. Caden knows his room now provides an escape if he is overwhelmed. He can turn the unit on and relax, read, or even play in front of it. Thank you for the generous gift and opportunity. What a blessing you have been to our family.”
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.