Even those of us who have been to Walt Disney World a bunch of times still have our favorite Walt Disney World vacation memories. It may be the time that your husband proposed, or the time your baby had her first Mickey ice cream bar. Maybe it was one of those vacations you took after a rough time at work or at home, and you just really enjoyed being able to get away from the worry and stress at home and relax as a family on vacation.
Now, imagine your rough time at home was your child being diagnosed with a life threatening illness. Imagine the rough time included a prognosis so grim, you could barely get through a day, or even an hour, without crying. Your days have been filled with trips to doctors and stays in hospitals, watching your child, sick with both illness and exhaustion, battle valiantly against a serious health crisis. Even if you have good health insurance, there are overnight stays at hotels because you’ve had to go out of state and away from family and friends to seek medical treatments. There are meals in hospital cafeterias, and babysitters to pay back home for watching your other children until Dad can pick them up after work. Even if the stars aligned and things fell into place to take a vacation, there wouldn’t be money to spare to take one.
This is where Give Kids the World steps in. More than 120,000 families have walked through the doors of the villas at Give Kids the World, surrounded by love and comfort for a blissful week of vacation that money could never buy. Instead of the focus being on medicine, it’s on magic, as children get to recapture a piece of childhood that has been ripped away by being sick. Visits to theme parks, bed time tuck-ins by whimsical characters, swimming and laughter – and ice cream for breakfast if they want it – and all at absolutely no cost to these families.
Give Kids the World is all about making the most magical memories for families at a time when they most need smiles and happiness. They bring Christmas to the children who may not have the luxury of waiting for December, and they give the gift of wonderful vacation memories to families who aren’t sure they will have the opportunity in the future to have this type of experience.
When you see the smiles on the faces – and the stars on the ceiling (each child who comes to the Village gets a star) – you know this is where happiness – and hope – can be found, even in the most desperate of times. That’s why myself and a group of amazing and wonderful Disney Loving Moms join together through the spring and summer to raise money to send children to this wonderful place.
If you can find it in your heart to donate and help us bring families down to Orlando for some of their most incredible vacation memories ever, please just click this link http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/DisneyFansGKTW/disneyfansgivekidstheworldfundraisingpage
100% of your donation goes right to Give Kids the World so that another child can be immersed in the world of fantasy and fairytale, even if it’s just for a little while. Give them a week where they can be kids, not cancer patients.
You have the power to make magic happen for these kids. Help us to bring the happiness that inspires hope to these families that so desperately need it.