Kids sometimes tease Grace, 7, of Sanford because she’s smaller and can’t run as fast due to her heart disease.
But, on their Make-A-Wish trip to Walt Disney Trip, the family stayed at a resort specifically made to suit the needs of children with life-threatening medical conditions and while there, Grace met another little girl with the same scar on her chest and the same heart condition. This gave Grace a chance to feel a sense of belonging and normalcy, which is “an experience we’ll have in our hearts forever,” said her mom, Rae.
“With her medical condition, we never know what each day will bring,” said Rae. “This was an incredible chance to get away as a family and not have to worry or stress. Grace was able to do whatever she wanted – it was all about her.
Grace’s family is planning to try to give back to Make-A-Wish when they can and encourages others to join them. “Someone who gives a donation to Make-A-Wish is giving so much more than money… it’s a chance to change a child’s life,” said Rae.
Thank you: Wish Granters Shay Lattari and Tracey Hansen, Norton Lights, Give Kids The World, Walt Disney World Resort, Portland Limousine, Avis.