Every night, Anatalia receives an IV calcium infusion treatment and is hooked up until 5:30 a.m. She receives 16 hours of nursing care a day, and her mother is so involved in her care that she learned how to administer Anatalia’s medicine herself. Though dealing with her condition can be difficult at times, Anatalia is showered with love from all her family members. Her grandmother even comes over every singly week to prepare a special soup she loves to eat.
In August, Anatalia told us that, like many young girls, she wished to visit Walt Disney World® Resort to meet the princesses. Because of her condition, we had to be extremely careful when planning her wish. Flights and transportation could not interfere with her treatment in any way. So, the Something mAAgic Foundation® stepped in to help.
For 22 years, the Something mAAgic Foundation has been helping to grant wishes for children with critical illnesses and their families to go to Orlando, FL to enjoy the Walt Disney World Resort. Travel for the families is provided by American Airlines’ Our Well-Being program.
Twenty-one Make-A-Wish children from the United States and six international children, including Anatalia, enjoyed very special send-off parties in their departing cities, welcome parties in Orlando and a special celebration on Oct. 12 at Give Kids The World® Village in Kissimmee, Fla., where Anatalia will stay for a week.
This morning, we gathered at LaGuardia Airport to send Anatalia on her way in a magical way. The team at American Airlines went above and beyond with a curbside welcome, TSA escorts, balloons escorting Anatalia through the entire terminal, “Let it Go” singing at the gate, breakfast for the family and entire flight, a special welcome from the crew and more! Our own wish granting volunteer John Fenech, the Vice-President of the Something mAAgic Foundation, was also on hand to make today extra special, and is flying down with Anatalia’s family to join other lucky kids at Give Kids the World.
A special thank you to Disney for their donation of theme park tickets and other perks for each of the wish families, including Anatalia and her family, as part of their 39-year relationship with Make-A-Wish.
The Something mAAgic Foundation volunteers, comprised of American Airlines, Envoy and American Airlines Federal Credit Union employees, work year-round to raise funds and plan mAAgic flight.
So many people had a hand in making Anatalia’s trip truly special and tailor-made for her. Even Anatalia’s favorite soup will be making the trip – we’re shipping it special so that she can eat it on her wish!
Wishes truly bring communities closer together in life-changing moments. The pure joy of the people around her, and Anatalia’s grin are proof of that. It was truly a magical day.