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Old 04-23-2013, 11:37 AM   #211
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We had our send-off party on Saturday and it was awesome! MAW has been wonderfully generous to our family and made sure that every detail was taken care of. We received our flight information (finally!) and get to Orlando at noon on Sunday and don't leave until 6:30 on Saturday ... giving us 7 full days! They brought Maddie a beautiful Tinkerbell cake (with a spinning Tinkerbell) and lots of special gifts for her trip. They have a special surprise planned for Maddie on Tuesday at AK, which we know about but don't know all the details. She will absolutely LOVE it! Such an amazing opportunity for us all
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:03 PM   #212
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The Halloween night was the best night for our family. My children loved it. Christmas was awesome as well, they do a parade, carriage ride, Mayor Clayton birthday bash was really cool, there is a comedy skit that happens right after that is a must watch. The interact with the children during the skit. Make sure if you have little girls to stop by the spa and get nails, make up and spray tattoo. Our best times were in the village. The parks were great but very frustrating at times. We had people bumping my daughters wheelchair and if we were not moving fast enough we even had a few put there hands on my childs chair and move it out of there way. My family just got back 4/20/2013 and we are already missing it so bad. The workers at GKTW are great. If you need anything they will go out of there way to help you. Best place we have ever been by far
That is crazy that people were moving ur child's chair!! Some people are so rude!! I'm glad y'all had such an awesome time at GKTW!! If we get the dates we requested at first we will be missing the Christmas night and I really want to be there dr that!! So I'm going to try and get our dates changed to leave Thursday and come back Wednesday!!
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:11 PM   #213
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Trip update!

Woo hoo!! All of the paperwork we were waiting on is officially in the mail and on the way to the MAW office! It should be there today or tomorrow, then off for doctor approval!!! Hopefully we'll know something by next week about dates!!! I'm so excited!!!
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Old 04-23-2013, 03:59 PM   #214
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Sharing some words of wisdom

I have to admit I have been stressing myself out trying to plan and schedule so that Nate doesn't miss anything. I emailed another Wish mom I saw on the boards that had already went to Disney and GKTW. They had awesome matching shirts on that turned out to be from "The Big Give". Wow... THEY WERE AWESOME... anyway... this wonderful and SMART Mom told me that they didn't see everything and they just went with the flow. Some days they just didn't go anywhere and stayed at GKTW. Her words made me realize that we DIDNT have to see everything and would have a great time. Nate will be happy with whatever we do and I will just have to let my ADD brain take a vacation, relax and enjoy our needed time together as a family. We have been on an awful ride through Cancer for the last 3.5 years and now it's time for us to have a great time. It will be ok if we don't stay late enough for the parade or make it to every park. I'm ok with that now. I refuse to stress everyone out with my overplanning, including myself. I just wanted to share because I can bet that there is another Mom out there just like me... who may need to hear the same words.
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Old 04-23-2013, 04:02 PM   #215
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No Party but...

We didn't get a reveal the wish party, but one of our wish granters is meeting us at the airport dressed as a favorite Mouse that we all know.... I can't wait to see Nate's face. He will escort Nate from the front door all the way to his gate.
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Old 04-23-2013, 04:16 PM   #216
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We didn't get a reveal the wish party, but one of our wish granters is meeting us at the airport dressed as a favorite Mouse that we all know.... I can't wait to see Nate's face. He will escort Nate from the front door all the way to his gate.
Very cool! I'm sure that he'll have a long line of kids following him through the airport. Pictures please!
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Old 04-23-2013, 04:53 PM   #217
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I have to admit I have been stressing myself out trying to plan and schedule so that Nate doesn't miss anything. I emailed another Wish mom I saw on the boards that had already went to Disney and GKTW. They had awesome matching shirts on that turned out to be from "The Big Give". Wow... THEY WERE AWESOME... anyway... this wonderful and SMART Mom told me that they didn't see everything and they just went with the flow. Some days they just didn't go anywhere and stayed at GKTW. Her words made me realize that we DIDNT have to see everything and would have a great time. Nate will be happy with whatever we do and I will just have to let my ADD brain take a vacation, relax and enjoy our needed time together as a family. We have been on an awful ride through Cancer for the last 3.5 years and now it's time for us to have a great time. It will be ok if we don't stay late enough for the parade or make it to every park. I'm ok with that now. I refuse to stress everyone out with my overplanning, including myself. I just wanted to share because I can bet that there is another Mom out there just like me... who may need to hear the same words.
Much needed words of wisdom!! I find myself sitting up at night, unable to sleep, because I'm trying to figure out what all we should do while we're there!! I make lists of attractions we want to see, rides we want to ride and characters we must see!! I'm hoping I can calm my mind down and just go with the flow!
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Old 04-23-2013, 09:47 PM   #218
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Hey all as a former wish family I wanted to stop in and share an exciting life change on my part. I have taken up running and in doing so will be supporting Give Kids The World in next January's Disney Half Marathon. I have committed to raising over $3000 for GKTW, One of the most amazing places on earth. So with that said and knowing I can't do it alone I wanted to share the info here and invite people to check it out.
This rocks!!!!

And I will see you there! I am so excited!

I will find you on the First Giving page and support you! I don't see a link on here...and I am afraid we are not supposed to put one anyway...but I will find yours and donate some! I am so excited!!!!
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Old 04-23-2013, 09:50 PM   #219
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Hi everyone! My son was recently approved for a wish! He has a very rare chromosome disorder (first one to be diagnosed with his issue called 14q13.2 duplication) We are still waiting for our team to come to the house and ask my son for his wish, but we already know he wants to go to Disney World! Now what happens? They know all about his history and that he has two younger sisters (2 year old identical twins) who are also special needs and said that depending on what our team says because his sisters are disabled that we may be able to have "extra" people approved for our wish because we are a family of 6 with four kids 6 and under 3 being special needs and would obviously need extra help on our trip. We are in Tennessee so we know we are going to be flying and I've read up about MAW and Disney trips but I've noticed that a lot of the times it's only a few days at Disney and then other days at Seaworld or Universal.. Is there a way we can just do Disney? And after our team comes to ask my son his wish, what happens next?! He is a huge fan of Mickey Mouse, Toy Story and Cars so we would def want the wish to also incorporate one of the characters, but I'm not sure what happens after we meet with our team. Any answers and advise would be great! Thank you!

Welcome to the DIS!!!

I was an "extra" person on a wish trip with a family because they needed some help with their wish! It was amazing! And I am still around here hanging out with you peeps!

The wish through GKTW is for 3 days at Disney, 1 at Sea World and 2 at Harry Potter. You can, of course, choose to go to Disney extra days - but they are out of your pocket and very, very expensive because you can't just add days to the tickets, you have to purchase new tickets...

What are your dates?
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Old 04-23-2013, 10:16 PM   #220
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I almost have our trip report done!!! It is just taking me a bit. I also have tons more pictures to share, I just need to upload them. We took a total of 484 so lots!! Trying to get back in the swing of things, I just want to go back on vacation!!! I think once the temp warms up I won't be so sad. Carter's wish granters are wanting to schedule and welcome home party so we will be excited to share our amazing trip with them! Hope everyone has a great week!
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Old 04-24-2013, 09:55 AM   #221
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I have to admit I have been stressing myself out trying to plan and schedule so that Nate doesn't miss anything. I emailed another Wish mom I saw on the boards that had already went to Disney and GKTW. They had awesome matching shirts on that turned out to be from "The Big Give". Wow... THEY WERE AWESOME... anyway... this wonderful and SMART Mom told me that they didn't see everything and they just went with the flow. Some days they just didn't go anywhere and stayed at GKTW. Her words made me realize that we DIDNT have to see everything and would have a great time. Nate will be happy with whatever we do and I will just have to let my ADD brain take a vacation, relax and enjoy our needed time together as a family. We have been on an awful ride through Cancer for the last 3.5 years and now it's time for us to have a great time. It will be ok if we don't stay late enough for the parade or make it to every park. I'm ok with that now. I refuse to stress everyone out with my overplanning, including myself. I just wanted to share because I can bet that there is another Mom out there just like me... who may need to hear the same words.
Thank you! I am the same way....My mind wont stop racing with information. I look at the books and DVDs and online at all we can do. And I want Jerzey to have an incredible time but I need to just step back and enjoy....we don't leave until November so I have some time!!! LOL I still need to get her PreTrip Report done....oops....
Its comforting to know others are thinking about it just as much as me!!! Now if only I could get the sad moments out of my head as well that remind me why we are going....think happy think happy think happy!
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Old 04-24-2013, 11:33 AM   #222
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Question Question about wheelchair pick up

Hey guys! So I was thinking today about alex's wheelchair situation. We'll be taking her BIG permobil electric wheelchair with us if we go, has anyone ever taken one with them on a MAW trip? Did the limo still pick u up to take u to the airplane? How was it transported? And once you're checking in to the airport, how easy is it to check it in?
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Old 04-25-2013, 07:31 AM   #223
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Just got back last night and all three of my kids cried when we left, most magical time and wonderful family vacation, so excited for all of you to experience it! For those of you planning, it is impossible to see everything.....we had a plan that went out the window the kids loved GTKW and wanted to go back for things there. Plus it is hit ( we are from MN so really hit for us) and a lot of walking. You will enjoy no matter what you do!
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Old 04-25-2013, 11:56 AM   #224
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Just got back last night and all three of my kids cried when we left, most magical time and wonderful family vacation, so excited for all of you to experience it! For those of you planning, it is impossible to see everything.....we had a plan that went out the window the kids loved GTKW and wanted to go back for things there. Plus it is hit ( we are from MN so really hit for us) and a lot of walking. You will enjoy no matter what you do!
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Old 04-25-2013, 01:54 PM   #225
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I haven't posted in a while and I"m way behind on my reading but wanted to let everyone know that Holden had his monthly check-up yesterday and we are still in remission He also started daycare!! What a huge step for him and his family!

Unfortunately, MAW wise, they have not heard anything yet. The trip was supposed to take place in June but it's almost May and still nothing. A few weeks ago the Volunteer, Beth, called Holden's mom to tell her that she had lost ALL of her documents and Traci had to start from scratch. I was not a happy camper about it but Traci just went with the flow. She emailed Beth yesterday because Beth had mentioned that we should hear back within a week but it's been over two and still no word.

I must say I'm not too sure how all of this is supposed to work but so far, I'm not very impressed. I understand that it's volunteers and it's a tough job but I just couldn't believe that Beth lost all of the paperwork the family had done two months prior! Holden was submitted for a MAW in June of 2012 so we are almost at the one year mark since this started. Oh well. We'll continue waiting.......patiently (at least, I'll try hahaha).

Hope everyone else is doing well.
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