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A Royally Special Fifth Birthday


“ She was treated like royalty. ”

- Wish mom Keiona

Like so many Make-A-Wish Northeast New York wish kids, Kaleigh wished to go to Walt Disney World® Resort. She loves the princesses – Moana, Anna, Elsa – and Olaf, too. Kaleigh wants to be a princess, and when she thought of her wish, she imagined magic like Elsa wields.

But the single most important part of her Disney wish was the simplest: She wanted to blow out the candles on her birthday cupcake. During her wish, Kaleigh turned 5, a most magical age, and she got to celebrate her birthday party in the most magical of places.

As part of her wish facilitated by wish granters Linda Tepper and Nicole Pickel, the family took in Universal Orlando™, and the dolphin show at SeaWorld® Orlando, and all the amenities offered by Give Kids the World Village®, where the family stayed.

“She thinks we own the house there now because [a sign] said ‘Kaleigh Porter’,” wish mom Keiona said. “She says, ‘When are we going back to our house at Disney?’ ”

It was at Disney, at a very special birthday party with very special guests, that made the wish, well, special.

“When she finally saw the princesses, she was shocked,” Keiona said. “She still talks about it to this day. She talks about meeting the princesses and blowing out the candle on her cupcake on her birthday.”

Kaleigh’s birthday party was held in the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. Anna and Elsa were among the princesses on hand – in addition to a very special 5-year-old.

“She was treated like royalty,” mom said.

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