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Kayla greets Doc McStuffins with a smile

Kayla's Wish

“ It was amazing to see our little girl smile so much. ”


- Danielle, Kayla's mom

Kayla, 5, and her siblings attended the Disney Junior puppet show at Walt Disney World® Resort where they watched many of their favorite characters live on stage. Little did Kayla, who has a nervous system disorder, know that after the show finished, there was a special surprise awaiting her.

At the end of the show, Kayla and her family were asked to stay in their seats. Once the rest of the audience departed, the doors shut and a special surprise began. Doc McStuffins entered the stage once again to personally greet and spend time with Kayla and her family.   

“This wish gave Kayla the opportunity to have something positive that was all about her,” Kayla’s mom, Danielle, explained. “It was amazing [to see] our little girl smile so much. This wish gave our entire family time together to make sweet memories. Kayla has had such a positive, happy disposition since the trip.”

Kayla continues to be a fighter. Kayla and her twin sister were born prematurely with her twin sister passing away just three short days later while Kayla fought for her life. At three and a half months old, she was finally discharged from the hospital.

“Watching my small, fragile baby laying there with a lifeless body with very little chance to live was the loneliest time of my life,” Danielle said. 

Over the years Kayla has spent a significant amount of time in the hospital for lung issues, heart issues and shunt issues. 

At the age of five, a friend recommended Make-A-Wish® Michigan to Kayla’s mother, and they began the referral process. Danielle knew that nothing would put a smile on her daughter’s face more than meeting her favorite characters at Walt Disney World® Resort.  

In addition to meeting Doc McStuffins, Kayla was thrilled to play and laugh with Tigger. She even brought photos back to show her teacher and classmates.


This wish gave Kayla the opportunity to have something positive that was all about her. ”

— Danielle, Kayla's mom

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