The Make-A-Wish Foundation is a non-profit firm dedicated to serving children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Based on the twins' diagnosis of Spinal Muscular Atrophy, they were each approved to make their individual wishes in 2011.
Kyle has yet to decide what his wish will be. Lauren chose right away to visit Disney World.
Lauren's wish trip was an incredible week for our family.
It required the organizational skills and complete financial support from the staff and volunteers at
the compassion and cooperation by Southwest Airlines employees and fellow passengers;
a luxurious E-350 wheelchair van equipped to transport both wheelchairs plus the rest of the family,
dropped off and picked up by the red-hatted gentlemen of Vacation Mobility;
the spacious and cheerful accommodations provided by Give Kids the World Village in Kissimmee, FL;
the courtesy and generosity of Cast Members and staff of Walt Disney World
and Universal Studios Orlando;
Lauren's wish trip was an extraordinary opportunity for our whole family
Pre-trip blogs here.
Post-trip blogs here.
Overwhelmed and incredibly thankful...
Our family was incredibly overwhelmed and incredibly thankful for the Make-A-Wish organization,
and for all of the volunteers, donors, and cooperation of all firms involved in granting Lauren's wish.
Her trip was truly magical, and, as her parents, we have to admit that we probably took away more from the trip than she even did.
It was the ultimate family experience, and we're so grateful to Make-A-Wish for making it happen for her.
Her joy and enthusiasm at every experience on this trip was something we will never forget, and to the staff and Cast Members
who spent time with her, thank you. Your interactions with Lauren--particularly at the Main Street Parade, the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique,
and the Main Street Confectionary--were so touching and I will never forget any of you.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
The Byrd Family