Hayden's wish was more than just going to the magical world of Disney. She returned home with a lifted spirit and improvement to her health!
10-year-old Hayden is like the average preteen. She loves painting, running, and and spending time with her friends and family. Hayden is fiercely fighting Cystic Fibrosis, a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits her ability to breathe over time. Her diagnosis isn’t always visibly obvious to those who don’t know what it looks like. Hayden's mom, Alyssa, can attest to this, “Hayden looks like a healthy kid from the outside, but there is so much going on behind the scenes to keep her that way.”
Hayden wished to go to Walt Disney World with her family. Unfortunately, before their trip Hayden had a clinic appointment that was not very positive. Hayden and her family were informed that she had crackling in her lungs, which meant the beginning of a decline in lung function. According to Hayden’s mom, her wish trip couldn't have come at a more perfect time. “While we were there…we could tell she was breathing more deeply and without wheezing. She expelled enough while we were there that we found out, upon returning home, the crackle was not there any longer.”
The family enjoyed 5 parks in 5 days and had a blast riding all the rides - Hayden's favorite part. However, for her mom and dad, the highlight of their trip was staying at the Give Kids the World Village. “They made all of us feel so incredibly special. There was nothing to worry about or take care of beyond Hayden’s normal treatment routine. They wouldn’t let us lift a finger.”
Hayden and her family were able to have their first family vacation all together - well deserved - and made lasting memories.
“This trip was good for our closeness as a family, our morale and our spirit…but it was also so good for Hayden’s health. You gave us the trip of a lifetime – one we will never forget. Thank you so very much.”