Amanda is all smiles with Dolly Parton
WESTLAND, Mich. – When Brenda asked her daughter Amanda what she wanted if she could have any wish, Brenda already knew that Amanda would say she’d want to meet country 星, つ星 Dolly Parton.

“Amanda just thinks the woman is amazing. She always has. She loves her music, her literacy program and all she does,” Brenda said.

And when national charity Kids Wish Network gave Amanda the opportunity to meet Parton, it didn’t even matter to Amanda that her mom couldn’t get off work to go. The family was told they could wait to meet Parton in the spring when Brenda could get time off, but Amanda didn’t want to wait.

“She said, ‘no. Dad and I are going now,’” Brenda 発言しました with a smile.

The once in a lifetime wish experience came true after Brenda, searching for information on Amanda’s medical condition came across an 記事 about a little boy with the same condition who had a wish granted によって Kids Wish Network. Amanda suffers from Chiari malformation and syringomyelia. This is an illness in which the brain intrudes on the spinal column, putting extreme pressure on it. Amanda has developed fluid-filled cavities in her spinal column, which increases the pressure on her nerves. Although she has endured various medical procedures and surgeries, Amanda still has to be closely monitored and take daily medication.

After doing a little research, Brenda 提出されました Amanda’s name to Kids Wish Network and soon received a wish application. Before Amanda and her father knew it, they were on their way from Michigan to Tennessee to meet Amanda’s hero.

Although Brenda didn’t get to attend the wish trip, she 発言しました Amanda kept her updated the whole time.

“Amanda texted me right after she met Dolly and 発言しました she was amazing. She 発言しました she thought Dolly was genuinely concerned,” Brenda said. “And Amanda’s dad 発言しました it was like the two of them [Amanda and Parton] bonded. It was incredible.”

Aside from meeting Parton, Kids Wish Network set up an itinerary full of things for Amanda and her dad including round-trip flights, accommodations at The Inn at クリスマス Place, tickets to Dollywood, a rental car, spending money, various dinners while in Tennessee and attendance at the Black くま, クマ Jamboree. Brenda 発言しました Amanda loved everything.

“She loved Dolly’s 表示する and the Black くま, クマ Jamboree. Everything they did she told me about. She got to see all the things she wanted to see. She loved the 食 and everyone treated her nice,” she said. “I am very appreciate and Kids Wish Network an amazing job.”

Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following for helping to make Amanda’s wish extra special: The Inn at クリスマス Place, Thrifty Car Rental, Smoky Mountain Brewery, Black くま, クマ Jamboree, Mellow Mushroom, South Fork Limousine Service, Dolly Parton

Kids Wish Network is a national charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experienced life-altering situations. Kids Wish Network assists children and their families through several key programs. Every child deserves a chance at happiness; a wish is just a way of bringing them that joy. If あなた would like to sponsor a child’s wish または if あなた know a child who is suffering from a life-threatening illness and may be in need of Kids Wish Network’s wish granting services, please call 727-937-3600 または toll free 888-918-9004. For もっと見る information on Kids Wish Network, visit their website at
Amanda and Dolly having fun