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Old 04-20-2009, 11:30 AM   #1
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Tyler's Wish Trip - Nov. 20-25, 2009 / Dream Factory

Welcome to my pre-trip report. I will tell you about who is attending our trip. It will be myself, my husband, my daughter, Breanna, my son, Tyler and my daughter, Hayley. Breanna is 8 and turns 9 in August. She loves to dance ballet, play soccer and participate in Brownies. She currently loves Hannah Montana and High School Musical. Tyler is my adventurous child and my Wish child. he will turn 4 at the end of June. He is full of energy and loves sports, especially basketball. He also loves to swing on our swing set. Then our youngest, Hayley turned one in January. She is the happiest baby and full of life. She loves to copy Tyler and do anything that he does. She loves TinkerBell and can say. “Tink”.

Our whole family loves Disney. We have gone to Disney World about every other year. We save up little bits here and there until we can afford to go. Three years ago we discovered free dining and love that time of year. We enjoy the lower crowds at the park and we love trying new restaurants that we could not normally afford to try. We planned another trip this September when we received a free dining code in January. This planning all happened before Tyler’s trip was approved. I think we may also keep this trip and then his Wish trip can be focused on just Tyler and what he wants to do!
I will give you a little background on his Wish Trip. At the urging of my doctor’s partner, who has a Wish child and the suggestion of my son’s physical therapist we sent in an application for Tyler to Make a Wish in February 2008. In October 2008 his Wish was denied. They explained that he did not have a termination date prior to his 18th birthday and they explained that this was a good thing, but that they could not grant his Wish. We were referred to Dream Factory. The Dream Factory that is closest to us is in Kansas City and they grant Wishes for children with life threatening and chronic illnesses. I called them and they emailed me the application. Whereas Make a Wish has a one page form and then the doctors do the rest, Dream Factory had about a 13 page form. I also included some of his diagnostic papers from the geneticists and two pages of photocopied business cards from all of his doctors. I did not mail it in until February 2009 since one of their requirements was that Tyler had to be able to say or somehow explain his Wish and he does not talk. However, we have now learned the signs for Disney Characters and combined with his other signs he can sign that he wants to fly elephants with Stitch or translated “he wants to fly on the Dumbos with Stitch”. It is too cute to see. He now can say Disney too! On Thursday Tyler’s doctor called and went over the risks of the Wish to Tyler and said that she would sign off on the Wish and fax it in to the Dream Factory. Then Friday, April 17th at 7:45 pm The Dream Factory called and said that Tyler’s Wish was approved. The plan right now is to go late November or December when the kids are out of school. Now we just need to wait for the next phone call. Right now I am excited and overwhelmed at the same time. We feel so blessed!
Me DH DD13 DS8 DD6

Tyler's Wish Trip (Nov. 20-25, 2009): http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2154359 Sept. 12-20, 2009 Trip report: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2292505

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