In 2014, Michelle Bartolomeo was granted her wish to go to Disney World and meet all of the princesses! A vacation away from doctor appointments gave her courage and joy. She especially enjoyed meeting Rapunzel and Belle, her favorite princesses, and going on the rides in Magic Kingdom! Three years later, sweet Michelle’s wish is for every child to have the same opportunity that she had.
Julie, Michelle’s mom explains the amazing impact the wish has had on Michelle and their family.
“Michelle has always felt different and was aware she wasn't a typical kid. The trip itself and Make-A-Wish as an organization has made her feel special and different in a positive way. As a family it's given us strength to continue to deal with her health issues. The trip was our first vacation together and the first time we ever got to be without the cloud of medical appointments hanging over our heads.”
Michelle, her family, and her friends will be participating in Walk For Wishes 2017 at the Philadelphia Zoo. This will be Team Michelle’s third year walking and they plan to raise money with a lemonade stand and donations and even made a video to encourage people to Walk for Wishes - (view it on YouTube).
To join Michelle in helping other Wish Kids, register at http://philasv.wish.org/walk
If you are a wish kid and would also like to make a video, we would love to share it for you - just give us a call or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your fundraising efforts and for your involvement with Make-A-Wish® Philadelphia, Delaware & Susquehanna Valley-we can’t wait to see you this fall!