Violet girl returns from Make-A-Wish Disney vacationAug 19th, 2013 | By Candace Griffin | Category: News
On Tuesday, Violet native Kassidy Davis returned home from her week long trip to Disney World—but this was no ordinary trip. She chose to go to Disney as part of her Make-A-Wish Foundation trip.
Davis was born on May 12, 2008 with a rare condition that caused her liver to be on the left side of her body—it is supposed to be on the right. Doctors and family noticed something was wrong when Kassidy’s started showing signs of jaundice. It was determined that her liver was no longer functioning correctly and had to be replaced as soon as possible.
After several months of searching for a new organ and a nationwide radio broadcast prayer circle, started by Kassidy’s grandmother and caretaker Evangeline “Minnie” Ruiz, Kassidy received a new liver at seven-months-old.
Now at five, Kassidy is outgrowing that liver and may need a new one soon. Ruiz, who works for Arc of Greater New Orleans, found out about the Make-A-Wish Foundation through a fellow coworker and decided to submit Kassidy’s name to the foundation.
A month later, she received a response and Kassidy, along with the help of her three Make-AWish planners (Michelle Ritter, Desiree Cross and Jeff Johnston) were able to plan something that she had been wanting to do for quite some time—visit Disney World.
Kassidy and her family members were given an all expenses paid trip to Disney World where they spent an entire week in their own house at the Make-A-Wish Village in Orlando, where more than 1,600 volunteers working around the clock to make everyone’s stay enjoyable.
“No amount of money in the world could have paid for this trip,” said Ruiz, through tears of appreciation.
“The amount of thought and care that this organization put into making this possible is overwhelming. Kassidy didn’t have to wait in line for anything, and they just did everything they could to make this trip as good as it could be.”
“My favorite part was getting to meet all of the characters!” said Kassidy. “Minnie is my favorite though.”
Kassidy really enjoyed her trip, and is excited to be starting Kindergarten this year at Gauthier Elementary.
“Through the grace of God everything is going to work out,” said Ruiz. “If we could do it once, we can make it through it again. I believe Kassidy will be just fine.”
The family would like to thank the Make-A-Wish Foundation for all of their love and dedication, and for making Kassidy’s trip an event to remember.
“Theyre amazing,” said Ruiz. “They’ll be sending us a scrapbook and videos of everything we did while we were there. We couldn’t have done this kind of thing without them.”