Wisconsin girl with kidney disease gets wish granted in Florida - FOX 35 News Orlando

Wisconsin girl with kidney disease gets wish granted in Central Florida

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

A Milwaukee, Wis. girl with a life-threatening disease, got a wish granted in Kissimmee. 

Four-year-old Kennedy Kiefer appears to be having a good time, despite fighting a rare kidney disorder.

"This past July, she had the transplant," says Kennedy's mother, Jennifer.  "I was her donor." 

Kennedy and her family are enjoying a one-week retreat togehter.  Her father, Eric, says it has been wonderful.

"They gave us tickets to the Disney parks, Universal, Sea World," he says.

The family was granted a wish by the Make-a-Wish Foundation, in Wisconsin, but a non-profit organization called, Give Kids the World, in Kissimmee, invited them to stay at their 70-acre village.  Food, entertainment and lodging are provided.

"Her wish was to meet the princesses," Jennifer says.

Jennifer's own pint-sized princess got to meet all of her idols at Disney World.

"We saw Ariel and Belle."

Eric tells us, it's a nice change.

"It's really been a long road up until this point. She's been through a lot. The whole family's been through a lot. And to see her have even the slightest bit of fun to this level, to this extent, is beyond words."

"When I saw them, it reminded me of five years ago when we were here," Brad Loewen moved here from Canada to volunteer.

Five years ago, his son Noah had a wish granted, before he died.  Now, Brad wants to help others.

"The need for volunteers is huge."

Volunteers work 4-hour shifts doing various jobs, such as serving food, giving tours and even operating the carousel. 

"If someone would ask me what would I do for my children to instill characteristics of service or respect or giving back, there's nothing better than I can think of than giving to this place," he says.

The Kiefers are grateful to all the volunteers who made their little girl's wish come true.

"Amazing, it's amazing," Jennifer says.  "The love that surrounds this place, the giving and the kindness, you just can't put it into words," adds Eric.

People interested in volunteering should visit the Give Kids The World website by clicking here.

 

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