An international children's charity recently sent an Oklahoma boy on an all expenses paid trip to Orlando, Florida to full his fondest wish.
Kids Wish Network sent Sallisaw boy Dimitri Reherman, who is suffering from cystic fibrosis, on a paid trip to Disney World to meet his favorite cartoon characters. Kids Wish Network is an international charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories and improving the lives of children going through life-altering situations.
"Granting a wish is a wonderful way to help give these children something they truly want," said Anna Lanzatella, Kids Wish Network executive director. "It will, in turn, give them hope for a happier, healthier future."
When Dimitri was only a few months old, he began having seizures after developing a persistent cough and losing weight. He was diagnosed with severe acid reflux and fed through a feeding tube and then found out he had cystic fibrosis, a lung condition that causes life-threatening lung and digestive issues, according to the press release.
When he had the chance to have a wish granted by Kids Wish Network, Dimitri chose to go to Disney World. The organization paid for accommodations, dinners and tickets to the various theme parks in Orlando.
"We had a great time," said his mother, Holli. " This was a wonderful trip. Dimitri's had such a hard time these past two years and it's really, really nice to just relax and enjoy ourselves."
Best Western Lake Buena Vista, Pirates Dinner Adventure Theater and California Pizza Kitchen were some of the businesses that helped make his trip possible.
For more information on Kids Wish Network, visit www.kidswishnetwork.org.