I need your help to reach my goal of $1,500 to help Give Kids The World! As many of you know I am a thrill seeker and a roller coaster junkie, so I am thrilled to be a part of an inaugural event benefiting Give Kids The World Village in Orlando. When it’s done, I’ll have a fantastic story to tell — 32 stories, to be exact!
On February 9, I’ll be rappelling down the side of the Hyatt Regency Hotel on International Drive in Orlando. With other fundraisers, I’ll descend 428 feet straight down to help make dreams come true for critically ill kids and in honor of my "unofficial nephew" Adrian (scroll down further for Adrian's story).
It seems crazy, but it’s nothing compared to what the kids at Give Kids The World Village face. Their lives are dominated by hospital stays and medical procedures. They miss out on school activities, sports, and time with friends.
Give Kids The World helps them reclaim that time.
It’s a home-away-from-home for wish children visiting Orlando’s world-famous attractions. Children and their families stay at the nonprofit, 84-acre, storybook resort and are treated to weeklong, dream vacations. No child is turned away, and no family ever pays a dime. Last year, Give Kids The World hosted nearly 8,000 families!
The Village matters to me because it created happiness for my best friend's family and son Adrian. Two years ago, eleven-year-old Adrian was on a Boy Scout service project in Chattanooga, TN. He was involved in a horrific accident when a tree fell on him. He had multiple major critical injuries. Since the accident, Adrian has been a champion and fighter, conquering many of these challenges. This past New Year's, Adrian was picked from Dream Connection and they granted him any wish. Like many wish children, Adrian wanted to visit Orlando and was granted the wish to stay at Give Kids The World Village. I was able to see firsthand what an amazing place this really is and how many kind volunteers pitch in to make Give Kids The World a reality.
I can’t think of a better reason to go Over The Edge!
But I need your help to reach my goal of $1,500! Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to my page.
Wish me luck as I attempt to “Go Over The Edge” and give my best Spiderman impression!
Thank you for your consideration and the kids you’re going to help! - Eric Johnson