Make-A-Wish sends Lake City teen to Disney World

KREM 2's Taylor Viydo has the story (9/30/16)

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho --- A senior at Lake City High School in Coeur d’Alene got the surprise of a lifetime on Friday.

Mikayla Nicodemus suffers from an extremely rare condition that has left her terminally ill.

It was a year ago that Mikayla’s doctor reached out to the Make-a-Wish Foundation on her behalf.

During the homecoming assembly at Lake City High School, the Make-a-Wish foundation granted her wish.

"You have touched many many lives today. Thank you Make-a-Wish, thank you Lake City,” said Mikayla’s mom, Jodi Rhoden.

Mikyala has an extremely rare condition called Phelan-McDermid syndrome.

It is caused multiple problems with her health and development throughout her whole life.

Cognitively, Mikayla is a young child.

It was last year when her doctor told Mikayla’s family that her lone kidney was beginning to fail and that what time she had left, was starting to dwindle.
               
"This news that your child is terminally ill is obviously the most horrible news that you can hear,” said Rhoden.

While Mikayla could not verbally make the wish herself, her family knew deep down inside what her last wish would be.

“Mikayla loves Disney,” added Rhoden.

Make-a-Wish Idaho stepped up to make sure her dream could come true.

They gave her family a paid trip to the happiest place on earth.

While it might not hit until right when she walks through the gates of the magic kingdom, Mikayla’s mom said this trip will be worth it.

It very well could be one of her last vacations they take with their daughter.
               
"Our family knows. And we're going to hold on to these memories forever for us,” commented Rhodin.

The family will be taking the trip to Disney World in January.

 

(© 2016 KREM)


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