Author: bell

Sir Edward’s Story

Sir Edward is a young boy who loves Skittles, Chick-fil-A, bowling, playing Uno and Dominoes, and riding his scooter. He was born with Sickle Cell disease and has had to be hospitalized many times over the years. Because of his illness, Sir Edward is unable to participate in many normal childhood activities, which makes a lot of things difficult for him.

For several years he’s expressed his desire to go to Disney World. In April 2023, Sir Edward and his mom attended the St. Elias Lebanese Food and Cultural Festival where he learned that his magic moment had been granted and that he, along with his mom, aunt, and 12-year-old cousin, would be traveling to Disney World a few weeks later.

After the trip, his mom told us they had a perfect vacation. “It was an answered prayer,” she said.” Sir Edward could not believe that someone outside his family cared enough to send him to Disney World.” And Sir Edward reported that he was so excited while on his dream trip that he could hardly sleep.

Amelia’s Story

12-year-old Amelia, who was born with a very serious congenital condition, waited four years before her dream of seeing the Los Angeles Lakers play became a reality.

Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for children to have to wait months for their magic moments to be fulfilled for a variety of reasons. And of course, COVID delayed nearly all magic moments.

When the stars finally aligned and we were able to plan Amelia’s trip, we found out that the Lakers would be playing soon in Orlando. Her family agreed that she would love a trip to Disney, second only to seeing her favorite professional basketball players live. In December 2022, we were finally able to give Amelia her magic moment capped off by a special trip to see Mickey Mouse and friends at Disney World! As a bonus, we forged a new partnership with the Lakers franchise, and they have been involved in many more magic moments since.

Katelyn’s Wish

18-year-old Katelyn, who has been battling terminal cancer, knew exactly what she wanted her magic moment to be; meet Dolly Parton. A big fan of old-time country music, she particularly loves Dolly and Johnny Cash and has always dreamed of visiting the Grand Ole Opry. When Katelyn’s family contacted us, we rightly suspected that Dolly would graciously agree to meet Katelyn personally. Unfortunately, Dolly was ill on the family’s trip to Nashville and was forced to cancel their planned meeting.

The following week, however, this country music superstar invited Katelyn back to Nashville and made up for her previous cancellation by spending a full day with Katelyn! Dolly prayed with the family and sang to them, she invited Katelyn to join her in a duet of “Jolene,” and even called Katelyn’s grandmother on the phone when she learned that she was a huge fan too. Dolly also wanted to send the family to dinner and pay for their hotel stay, but Katelyn had a major surgery planned and was unable to extend the trip. We suspect that her visit with the Queen of Country Music might have helped keep Katelyn’s spirits up during these uncertain times.

Kaiden’s Story

Kaiden was diagnosed with cancer in 2021. He is a huge Auburn fan, and when the Auburn football team learned he wanted to go to Disney World, they volunteered to surprise Kaiden with the news and also make him a “Tiger for a Day.”  The players and coaching staff treated Kaiden like a recruit, giving him football gear and inviting him to run plays with them. The Auburn Family topped the day off by telling him that he and his family would be going to Disney World. No doubt that this little boy’s special reveal and magic moment created life-long memories not only for him and his family, but for the Auburn team who made his day so special.