For many, a “Cinderella story” is a triumph of good over evil. Wish kid Lizzy’s Cinderella story is no different, including a trip to a special land, a beautiful new dress and the help of many, many others toward a happy ending – hope over an evil diagnosis.
Lizzy’s wish journey began at a national convention being held in relation to her critical genetic disorder. There, Lizzy and her father, Rob saw the Make-A-Wish vendor booth.
“Make-A-Wish was giving out gifts to the kids and while Lizzy was grabbing something, the woman behind the table asked me if I ever considered seeing if Lizzy was able to receive a wish,” said Rob. “I said no because I thought that Make-A-Wish was only for terminally ill children. I’m glad I followed her advice.”
Rob soon learned that Make-A-Wish grants wishes for children with critical illnesses, not just terminal children, and soon Lizzy was approved for a wish.
Lizzy’s wish decision was easy. She wanted to meet Cinderella and see her castle.
Cinderella is her favorite princess because she is kind and beautiful and loves all animals and people – just like Lizzy.
In fact, Lizzy is such a great kid, her wish granters knew that her school would want to celebrate her wish too. So, they created a surprise wish reveal in front of her teachers and friends to make it a special celebration.
“I was at my school assembly and I saw my wish granters,” said Lizzy. “They called me up in front of the whole school! Then they told me that my wish to meet Cinderella at Walt Disney World was granted!”
Lizzy’s wish trip began just like a fairy tale, with presents and a fancy “carriage ride” – a stretch limousine that took transported to the airport. Lizzy and her family stayed at Give Kids The World in their own personal villa and participated in all the fun.
“There were a lot of parties at the village. There was a Christmas one and Halloween one. The Christmas one was my favorite!” said Lizzy. “There was also a gift-giving fairy who would give me presents every day. It was so fun!”
At Walt Disney World, Lizzy went on roller coasters and enjoyed time with her family.
“I loved the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train rollercoaster, it was my first big girl rollercoaster!” she said.
But the true happy ending came at a special princess dinner, where Lizzy dressed up as her favorite princess, Cinderella, and then met her in person!
“I was with Cinderella the entire night, holding hands and becoming the best of friends,” said Lizzy. “We went to Cinderella’s castle to eat dinner with her. Of course, I ate chicken nuggets!”
Now that she’s home, Lizzy endearingly looks back on the trip and thinks about it when times are tough.
“When I think about my wish it makes me really happy because I’ve been going through a rough time, getting hurt a lot, and thinking about what I got to do helps me,” said Lizzy. “It was the best time I’ve ever had.”
The positive experience of the trip also stays close with her family.
“The thing that amazed me the most was that it wasn’t just that everyone was willing to help or do something but that everybody wanted to do something.” said Rob.
“Every single person we came into contact with from Make-A-Wish Arizona to the airlines, to Give Kids The World, Universal Studios and Walt Disney World employees, every single person went out of their way to make Lizzy happy, not because they had to, but they wanted to.”