I would like to start by thanking the Montana Hope Project for this wonderful wish they granted our daughter, Emmalee, and our family. We never imagined being able to take a vacation like this before, and we are so grateful and blessed to have been given this opportunity.

I also need to start by saying this was my husband and kids first airplane ride! I had one 14 years ago, so I guess it was kind of new to me also.

Upon arriving in Orlando, we were greeted by Dave, a volunteer from Give Kids the World (GKTW). Dave helped us retrieve our luggage and took us to get our rental car. He provided us with directions to GKTW, which would be our home for the next week.

Once arriving at GKTW, we were greeted with smiles, love, open arms, and really felt at home. We got our orientation and then settled in, having pizza delivered to our villa. This was just the beginning of our week at GKTW. Every morning we enjoyed breakfast at and seeing our new friend, Robert, another volunteer with GKTW. We enjoyed swimming at the pool, train rides, carousel rides, arcade games, and quality family time.

Also while staying at GKTW, we got to partake in a Halloween and Christmas celebration. We spent time with families like ours. We didn’t have to think about doctor’s appointments, therapy appointments, work, school, medical bills, or life for a week. We enjoyed the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Universal Studios, and our favorite, SeaWorld.

One of the most wonderful things we did while at GKTW was put Emmalee’s star in the Castle of Miracles. Emmalee had a star with her name on it placed in the Star Tower inside the castle, which was a very heartwarming experience for our family!

Finally, we got to enjoy ice cream for breakfast on our last day at Give Kids the World!

Our whole family would really like to thank the Montana Hope Project and all of those involved with the wish. We cannot thank you enough for the memories you helped us create and the amazing time you gave us.

Thank you all so very much!


Heather, Emmalee's Mom, 2016