The Make-a-Wish Foundation, which grants the wishes of medically-eligible children across the country, began in 1980 with the granting of a 7-year-old leukemia patient's wish to be a police officer. Today, the Foundation invites children to make their one true wish to Be Something, Have Something, Go Somewhere, or Meet Someone, and, through generous contributions and special fundraising events, grants a child's wish every 40 minutes. Click here to find out how you can support this special organization.
Because Georgia chose to go to Disneyworld, we'll be staying at a most incredible place called Give Kids the World. This resort, and all-around fantasyland, opened in 1989, thanks to an inspiring hotelier with a mission to provide memorable, magical, and cost-free experiences to medically-eligible children and their families. Guests stay in specially-equipped villas and cottages and are treated to things like Christmas every Thursday and ice cream for breakfast, as well as tickets to Central Florida's best theme parks. Just fun, fun, fun! Through partnerships with Make-a-Wish and other organizations, Give Kids the World has hosted more than 100,000 families from all 50 states and over 70 countries. Many moons ago, I worked for a restaurant that was fundraising to help build a villa at the GKTW Village, and now, we may actually be staying in it! If you'd like to help welcome more kids to GKTW, click here - they even have opportunities for "voluntourism," where you spend time during your Florida vacation volunteering at the Village - pretty cool!
After all that Georgia and Ivy both have been through this last year, I can't imagine a more perfect place to celebrate Georgia's birthday, the one-year anniversary of her diagnosis, and our 13th wedding anniversary. So, to Mickey and friends, we'll see ya REAL soon!