The children, along with their families, are being sent on a weeklong, cost-free fantasy vacation to Orlando, Fla., on Sept. 25 through Oct. 1. While in Orlando, these deserving families will stay at the magical Give Kids the World village, a 70-acre “storybook” resort in nearby Kissimmee, Fla.
Traveling from our San Antonio Chapter as part of mAAgic Flight this year is Seaylee. The 11-year-old girl lives in Boerne, Texas, and suffers from Landau-Kleffner Syndrome, Seizure Disorder and Eencephalitis. She’s traveling to Florida with her mother, brother and grandmother.
“This is a moment these children have been counting down to for months. We are so excited for them and can’t wait to see their faces when they arrive in Orlando,” said Todd Fairbanks, director of The Dream Factory. “Giving these kids a week to just enjoy themselves and be kids is what we are all about here at The Dream Factory. It’s a chance for their families to relax, away from having to deal with their day-to-day medical issues, and just have fun.”
Children from Chicago, St. Louis, New York, Phoenix, Tucson, Raleigh, San Antonio, Los Angeles, and Philidelphia will all have their wishes granted. They’ll be greeted at the gate with “bon-voyage” fanfare and from there will fly in style to Orlando. While in Florida, the children and their families will stay in villa accommodations, surrounded by entertainment attractions, whimsical venues, and other fun activities specifically designed for children with special needs.
All dream expenses are paid for through donations, fundraising efforts, in-kind contributions and partnerships. The Dream Factory and its partners make sure each child has a memorable dream experience that is as free of stress and concern as possible.
About the Dream Factory:
The Dream Factory is the largest all-volunteer, national children’s wish-granting organization in the United States and the only one that focuses on children with chronic illnesses and disorders as well as children with critical illnesses. Since its inception, The Dream Factory has granted more than 25,000 dreams while managing to maintain a grassroots approach. The Dream Factory is made up of 34 local chapters in 17 states with more than 5,000 very dedicated volunteers. For more information about the Dream Factory, including details on how to volunteer, refer a child or make a donation, visit www.dreamfactoryinc.org.
About Something mAAgic Foundation®:
The Something mAAgic Foundation Inc., is a nonprofit organization comprised of volunteers who are current and former employees of American Airlines, American Eagle and American Airlines Federal Credit Union (AAFCU). We support the missions of Give Kids The World Village® and other children’s organizations to create magical memories for children with chronic or life-threatening medical conditions. For more information, visit www.somethingmaagic.org.