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Wish Kid Alyssa’s Message of Hope

At the beginning of 2001, we were a happy, go-lucky family but by July of that same year our lives as we knew them came to a halt. At three-years-old I was diagnosed with stage three Wilms’ Tumor that had metastasized to other lymph nodes in surrounding areas. I underwent intensive chemotherapy and radiation treatments. These treatments debilitated me from being able to walk, eat and be a normal kid. All hope was taken away from my family the day I entered the hospital’s hospice program. The doctors told my family that I had a few months left to live, and I was eligible for a “wish” from my local wish granting organization. This was a scary month for both my family and the country, as it was during the same time as 9/11. Little did I know how my cancer and this trip would change the course of my life. (click for more)



From Israel to Central Florida for a Wish

Translated from Hebrew, “Simcha Layeladim” means “happiness and joy for the children” and that’s exactly what this wish granting organization from Israel gives to children and families facing critical illness. Since 2010 362 Israeli wish families have flown (over 6,000 miles) to Orlando to visit the Village as a group, ready to enjoy the magic of Give Kids The World and Central Florida’s theme parks. (click for more)



5 Tips for your Spring Break Wish Trip!

Are you getting ready for your wish trip to Give Kids the World Village? There’s so much excitement in store, and these 5 tips will help you make the most of this magical vacation! (click for more)



It Takes a Village

Our Founder Henri Landwirth once said, “I met the executive director of Make-A-Wish foundation and I told her that I’d like to help the families coming into this area. What would be the thing that they needed, and they said we need a place for them to come….It was exactly what I was hoping I could do.” (click for more)



Winter Wonderland Memories

Every Thursday at Give Kids The World our families, staff and volunteers get in the Christmas spirit. Santa makes his way down from the North Pole, and it even snows in Florida! With Christmas quickly approaching it is a great time to remember some of the reasons why Give Kids The World and our winter wonderland party are so special. (click for more)




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