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Finding Hope: Wish Kid Lauren

I was diagnosed with a Stage 4 Wilm’s tumor when I was two. In 2001, my family and I stayed at Give Kids the World as part of my wish trip after a year of battling cancer. Although I was extremely young when my wish took place, I grew up with an amazing photo album that captured my memories and experiences! My wish trip gave my family a sense of normalcy and much needed time to breathe after a year of such extreme stress. (click for more)



Behind the Name: Bethany’s Garden

Tucked away in Miss Pitty Pat’s Garden of Hope is a special place called Bethany’s Garden, named after a special little girl, wish kid Bethany. It’s a place where our very own Mayor Clayton and Ms. Merry call home. Bethany’s wish trip was in April of 2004 and according to her grandparents Kerry and Diane Slaven who are lovingly known around the Village as Mama Bear & Papa Bear, Bethany loved Give Kids The World more than any of the amusement parks. While she enjoyed all the Village activities, she always gravitated to her favorite place, Mayor Clayton and Ms. Merry’s house. (click for more)



Village Backgrounds for Your Next Video Call

Now, you can imagine being at Give Kids The World during your next video call with these virtual Village backgrounds. Add one or all of the below to your next Zoom or Teams call and we hope to see you at the Village again real soon. (click for more)



Memories at One of My Favorite Places in Orlando

Everyone who knows me knows that if I could pick the vacation destination each summer, I would pick Walt Disney World without hesitation. However, while on my wish trip in 2016, I discovered my second favorite place, and it’s not a theme park! (click for more)



Thank you for Giving Hope To Wishes

I cannot thank you enough for the incredible support we witnessed yesterday for #GivingTuesdayNow. These are uncertain times, but one thing remains certain; that we can all look forward to the eventual re-opening of the Village. In one day, almost 500 supporters came together to help #GiveHopeToWishes. Our Village has always been fueled by love and enriched by selflessness, and there is no place like it on earth. Your support on this day of giving helped ensure we are able to serve the children and families currently waiting on their wish due to this global pandemic. Personally, I can’t wait to walk the avenue again; hear the laughter, serve heaps of ice cream, see children putting on makeup in the spa before Stellar’s Starry Night Ball, and sprinkle all of them with love and kindness at every turn. (click for more)




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