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Make-A-Wish child heads to Disney World

THE Make-A-Wish Foundation held a send-off party for Kei’ani Hofschneider at Summer Snow & Bakery in Susupe on Monday.

Hofschneider, who has type 1 diabetes mellitus, will go to Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

“I feel excited,” she said. “I plan to try the rides and go to SeaWorld.”

She said she is grateful to the Make-A-Wish Foundation for granting her wish.

According to Kanae Quinn, one of the foundation’s board members, Hofschneider’s parents, cousin and aunt will join her on the trip to Orlando. They are to leave on Friday.

Quinn said the trip costs over $7,000. Make-A-Wish, she added, has a very good relationship with Disney World.

Make-A-Wish foundation board members Wendi Herring, left, Eleanor T. Cabrera, 2nd left, and Kanae Quinn, 2nd right, pose with Kei’ani Hofschneider, 3rd left, who is headed to the Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Also in photo: the child’s mother Sirena Santos, right, and cousin Angelina Pangelinan, 3rd right.  Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

“The admission fee and the passes are all discounted for wish kids. They also have special accommodations for the children-- a two-bedroom apartment at $100 a night.” The regular price is $400 to $500.

“It is really nice that they accommodate the wish kids and their families for a special price,” Quinn said.

The foundation spends over $75,000 annually to grant the wishes of children who have critical illnesses, Quinn said, adding that in 2017, they granted 11 wishes on Guam and in the CNMI.  

Hofschneider’s mother, Sirena Santos, thanked the foundation for making her eight-year-old daughter happy during this holiday season.

“We feel blessed and grateful for this opportunity. It really reminds her that she can have joy even if she is dealing with a tough battle,” Santos said, referring to her daughter.

In an earlier interview, she said her daughter has to take insulin injections five times daily. Her child’s condition, she added, “is very unpredictable so we have to keep an eye on her. And although it is a struggle for us, she is strong.”