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Reiss' Wish to Go to his Favorite Theme Parks

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“ Things took a turn for the better... ”

Like most six-year-old boys, Reiss loves playing with monster trucks and building Legos®. Although a bit timid at first, Reiss has a fun-loving personality and a great sense of humor. When he was diagnosed with leukemia, his everyday sense of normalcy went from trucks and toys to hospital rooms and treatment; however, Reiss still kept his high spirits and amazing attitude throughout the process.

When Reiss was given the opportunity to make a wish, it came as no surprise to anyone involved that his one true wish was to visit his favorite theme parks in Orlando. He mostly hoped to meet Ironman, but was also thrilled by the idea of jumping the line for all of his favorite rides. Wish kids never wait in line!

Reiss and his family visited all of the parks in the area, including Legoland® Florida (much to Reiss’ delight). Reiss was able to meet all of his favorite characters and ride multitudes of awesome rides. He also had the opportunity to stay at Give Kids the World Village® where Mayor Clayton (a six-foot tall bunny rabbit) tucked him into bed every night.

Reiss’ mom described the trip as a needed vacation for the whole family, giving Reiss and his loved ones a break from the stress and chaos of his illness. His mom explained that after the vacation, things took a turn for the better and Reiss has slowly began to return to the flow of everyday life. 

  • Reiss and family at Sea World

  • Reiss and siblings enjoy a yummy treat!

  • Hanging with Donald Duck

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