Nine-year-old Jeremiah Hitzfelder was recently granted a dream trip to visit the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla.

Jeremiah's trip was granted by the Sunshine Foundation, which answers the dreams of children living with lifelong chronic illnesses, physical challenges, or the trauma of abuse.

Jeremiah's mother, Sarah, explains Jeremiah has cerebral palsy and a rare chromosome deletion on his 16th chromosome. He is homeschooled and every week attends five therapies outside of the house.

Jeremiah's experience was shared by his mom, Sarah, his dad, David, a little brother, Josiah, and an adoptive aunt, uncle and cousin, Jen, Mark and Sancia.

Jeremiah said his favorite park was Animal Kingdom and he really loved the two live shows he saw, Lion King and Finding Nemo. He tried many new rides and became friends with many characters. But best of all was sharing the experience with his family and friends, because they're so important to his heart.

His mother adds, "My favorite moment during the trip was watching all the characters wave at Jeremiah, tell him happy birthday, and shake his hand during one of the parades. He is not usually that open with costumed characters, so they must have really made a home in his heart.

"We would all like to thank Sunshine Foundation for giving Jeremiah and our family this wish trip, for without their love and generosity, we could never have gone and fulfilled Jer's wish to see Animal Kingdom and its sister parks."

The Sunshine Foundation is able to provide dream trips through support and donations, allowing families who are already strapped with medical bills and care costs to enjoy a brief respite without the additional financial burden a vacation can cause. It can make a huge difference for the children and their families. Since 1976, Sunshine Foundation has answered the dreams of more than 37,000 children in the United States, and it remains one of the nation's top-rated wish-granting charities serving the terminally ill or chronically ill. For more information, please visit

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