Tuesday, December 11, 2007

A Disney dream come true

Disney dream come true for Saipan 14-year-old

It was a Disney dream come true when the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Guam informed 14-year-old Rica, from Saipan, that she and her family would be going to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Rica has always wanted to do something that involved her entire family. When it came time to deciding what her one true wish was, she didn't hesitate to say that she wanted to take her family to Disney World.

The trip became possible in coordination with Give Kids The World in Orlando. The Give Kids the World is a non-profit organization whose mission is to fulfill the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions from around the world who want to experience Central Florida and all its attractions.

Century Travel, PTI, DFS and Deloitte donated airline tickets for Rica's family. Moreover, Couture Marketing, Commonwealth Industrial Supply Inc. and Yan Tai (Saipan), Inc. also provided support for this Wish. Because of the dedication of these local businesses, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Guam was able to send Rica and her family on their way for a one-week adventure to experience the magic of Disney, Universal Studios, and SeaWorld.

"I was awed by the outpouring of support of the CNMI business community for Rica., said Kathryn Barry, board member for Make-A-Wish Foundation of Guam. "This Wish was granted very quickly because of the commitment our businesses have to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and our mission. Rica personally expressed her thanks for making her dream come true," she added.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Guam celebrates 21 years of granting wishes to children on Guam and throughout the Northern Mariana Islands who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition and are between the ages of 2 and a half and 18 years of age. Rica is the Foundation's 160th Wish Child.

For more information on the Make-A-Wish Foundation, please call the office at 649-9474 or send an email to mawfguam@ite.net.

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