I am the grandmother of wish kid Rylen, and I can’t begin to tell you how much being a part of a Wish with Wings has meant to our entire family. Not only did we get to spend an incredible week making lasting memories with our 5-year-old granddaughter, we have met some of the most incredible ladies I have ever known. And what is amazing is the magic doesn’t stop with just one wish trip. Rylen has been included in the wish family trip to the Fort Worth Zoo, the Christmas party at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, and she was the Belle of the Ball at the Margarita Ball which raises money for Fort Worth Children’s Charities. It’s the most amazing feeling to have these women care about your family the way they do. We could never repay them for all they have done for us. The experience has been truly amazing. We love them!! And are so happy we got to become part of this growing family. Thanks so much for making her wish come true! Rylen sends all her love!!!!
Our family is forever grateful for our son’s wish trip! It’s hard to put into words just how much having your child’s wish granted means to not only your chronically ill child but to your family as a whole. My son has spent so much time in the hospital since birth and most days he is in a lot of pain and struggles to just have somewhat of a normal childhood but for those 7 days at GKTW he was just a normal kid full of happiness and smiles, he wasn’t thinking about doctors visits, physical therapy, or limitations. So many firsts for our family on that trip including my husband and youngest two children’s first time flying on an airplane. My husband has worked on airplanes for over 20 years and had never actually flown in one before this trip. From the time that we learned that Nick’s wish to go to Disney World was being granted until the day we left we talked nonstop about the trip, when he was in the hospital, at doctors visits, when he wasn’t in the mood to try anymore during PT, OT, or ST, and especially when he was sad or not feeling well. The count down to this amazing trip is what pulled him and honestly all of us through those days. Just having something so amazing to look forward to was like it’s own magical kind of medicine or treatment. And even now after almost a year when things are rough we pull out our photos and talk about how much fun we had and how wonderful it was and we all get a warm happy feeling just thinking about it. Nicholas spent a lot of time in the ICU after we got back home from the trip and those memories and photos from our trip were like a lifeline for us. Nick had a once in a lifetime pixie dust experience when he met Peter Pan at Magic Kingdom. Peter seen his Genie Pass and immediately brought us to the front of the line and asked that the line be closed. Peter Pan is one of Nick’s favorite characters and he spent so much time talking to Nick, he took Nick by the hand and walked with us as I pushed Nick’s chair through fantasy land. He kept yelling things like excuse us VIP celebrities coming through and my son (who usually hates people looking at him) was absolutely on cloud 9. When we got to the end of fantasy land Peter Pan leaned down and told my son that if he ever becomes a lost boy he has very special place for him in Neverland and then he hugged us both. I can’t explain how much comfort those words and that encounter brought to us. I am not going to lie, at 35yrs old I cried on Peter Pan’s shoulder. There are just so many memories and moments, I could go on and on about that week. I have to say though that what we have come to cherish even more than the wish trip is getting to be a part of The Wish With Wings family 💕 The support and camaraderie is priceless. We look forward to every single event, it’s really nice to be able to spend time with families who understand what you are going through. I honestly just can’t say you thank you enough, not only for the wishes you grant to families like mine but for all the hard work you put in and for bringing together his amazing group if individuals and families.
– Natasha Carriere