As Princess Tiana entered the room, 3-year-old Victoria stretched open her arms. Since
the first time she watched The Princess and the Frog, Victoria had idolized the princess and this was the day that Victoria would meet her. Victoria typically prefers purple and pink, but this day she wore a green crown to match Princess Tiana’s.
“I will never forget when Victoria met Princess Tiana,” said Victoria’s mom Kristen. “I’ve never seen her so excited. There is so much I will always remember.”
Victoria was diagnosed with a life-threatening cardiac condition while utero. She’s had numerous surgeries, including open heart surgeries, and many pokes and procedures. Kristen said Victoria has spent “weeks and weeks” in the hospital away from her dad and sister.
“At birth, many other internal defects were found and it changed our lives forever,” said Kristen. “Even though she looks perfectly healthy, we know we have to be watchful and vigilant for her.”
The trip to the popular theme park meant a great deal to Victoria’s family.
“It was not something we could have done on our own,” Kristen said. “(As a parent), it truly meant the world … we are so grateful.”
For Victoria, a happy girl who loves to dance and listen to her sister read, the trip provided time away from the hospital and time with her family.
“Make-A-Wish changes families’ lives. They allow families to have some time to forget that they have a sick child and just enjoy themselves,” said Kristen. “The same goes for the child themselves. They really do give families hope through the (wish) experience. If this wish can happen, anything can happen.”