A Special Wish Foundation grants Disney wish to Wheeling child

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A Special Wish Foundation is dedicated to granting wishes of children under the age of 21 who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening disorder. 

On Sunday, they were able to grant their third Disney wish to a young girl who has overcome unimaginable challenges. 

Sarah, 6, headed to the Capitol Theater Sunday for her final performance of “He’s Alive!” not knowing the gift she would be receiving. 

Before the show started, A Special Wish Foundation gave a short presentation, brought Sarah on stage, and told her the big news: She is going to Disney World.

“We try to make it personal to the family and exciting because it is a big deal. They’ve been through a lot,” said Executive Director Alicia Freeman. 

Sarah suffers from congenital scoliosis and was born missing three vertebrae, her left leg, and a kidney. 

Her mom says that does not stop her from being a normal kid, but going to Disney just was not in the cards until A Special Wish stepped in.

“I am feeling overwhelmed and overjoyed. We have always wanted to take them there. Unfortunately with medical bills and things that have come up, it was never a possibility for us to go there,” said Sarah’s mother Jocelyn Czapp. 

Executive Director Alicia Freeman says seeing the excitement and joy makes all the work to facilitate the wishes worthwhile.

“They’ve been through so much, and you wouldn’t know it. Every wish child that we have had, they always have a smile on their face. They are so happy, living life, and it makes you think, what am I complaining about?” said Freeman. 

Sarah is most excited to meet some of her favorite Disney princesses. 

The Czapp family leaves for Florida in the spring. 

If you would like to volunteer, donate, or refer a family to A Special Wish Foundation, you can give them a call at 740-449-2063 or visit their website SpWishOV.org.

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