Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Walk for Wishes Wednesday

    My favorite day of the week!  This week I was asked if I would be interested in helping with the Walk committee and I jumped at the chance.  It's a lot of pressure though, you know Maddie would insist that if I was going to represent her that I put together THE BEST TEAM!  Please help me make her proud and share our story and our cause.
     I've talked out our first experience with Make-A-Wish,  our special treatment at the airport, and our magical accommodations.  Today, I want to talk about our experience at Disney.  Everyone knows that Disney World is the happiest place on Earth but few have experienced the Disney magic combined with Make-A-Wish awesomeness.  We pulled up to the booth to pay for our parking and flashed our little Make-A-Wish and Give Kids The World badges.  The parking attendant welcomed us warmly and asked to see the kids.  She spoke directly to the two princesses and told them that Mickey was waiting.  We were told parking was free and we were directed to the handicapped lot.  We made our way to the Magic Kingdom, a place we knew really well.  When we entered the park we saw Daisy Duck and Emma begged to see her (because Maddie wanted to see her).  We headed to the end of the line to wait our turn.  We were quickly noticed by a Disney cast member and scolded for standing in line.  She spoke directly to the children and said "Sweet princesses, this is your kingdom while you're here.  You're special button tells us that you are royalty and you don't have to wait in line."  From that point forward we were ushered through every line,  given extra time with every character, and everyone played along with the princess charade.  Maddie was never excluded from anything because she was in a wheelchair, and THAT was a huge deal.  We laughed A LOT! We played A LOT!  The one thing we did not do was worry about anything!  We were allowed to forget for a little while that our daughter wasn't "normal".  That's exactly what Make-A-Wish does; it allows families to escape sickness, disability, and worry for a short period and enjoy just having fun.

Please find it in your heart to give to our cause.  Help us pay it forward.  You can use the link below to make a donation or sign up to walk.  Please share this everyone you know!


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