Everyone has their favorite selection of movies, but most people wouldn’t be able to tell you the behind-the-scene details about those films. Eighteen-year old Katie from Fulton, MD is a huge fan of movies, and she especially loves movies that feature Disney princesses. Her favorite movies include Frozen and Cinderella. She loves watching them with her family as a pastime and learning more about the backgrounds of movies. When Katie was diagnosed with cancer, she would escape from the stress by spending hours researching her favorite movies. Katie found that Cinderella’s Castle is modeled after the Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany, and when Katie learned that Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic would be granting her one true wish, she wished to go to the Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany and be given the ultimate princess treatment.
The VIP treatment began before Katie even left for her wish! Katie had a surprise wish celebration, and during the party, she learned that she would be taking a trip to Littman Jewelers to receive a beautiful necklace courtesy of Jewelers for Children. The store was decorated with pink balloons, and they even had a red velvet cake designed just for Katie. The necklace was fit for a princess, and it was the perfect way to kick off her fairy tale trip. Throughout Katie’s entire journey to Germany, she felt so special, and the wish reminded her of how far she’s come. Katie’s dad shared, “While we have scans to face on a regular basis, this party and our trip feels like we've come full circle from that first day she was diagnosed, through the long months of treatment and surgery to seeing our precious girl enjoying life with friends at school again and the celebration of life with this party and trip.” Katie’s wish brought her much-deserved joy and showed her that she can be anything she wants to be – even a princess!