The Hillier Family

Hi everyone,

THANK YOU ALL SO VERY MUCH!!!  Our family wanted to send a note to say how completely wonderful our GKTW trip was from start to finish.  It was an experience that none of us will ever forget.

Joyce, when we got the news from you that our oldest daughter, Laura, had been granted a wish trip to GKTW, you made more than a child smile, you made a whole family smile.  Fred made all the travel arrangements and necessary paperwork seem so easy and we had very little to do from our end.  The next thing we knew, the package arrived with all the exciting details and generous HACS contributions toward our vacation.  When Murray picked us up in the limo for the airport, we felt like celebrities, especially with the red carpet he had for us!  Once we landed in Orlando, our GKTW greeter kindly took us to get our rental car and we were on our way.

The royal treatment continued at GKTW Village.  Stephanie took us to our beautiful and fully-equipped villa (including laundry machines) and explained how everything worked at the Village.  She was bubbly and fun and she gave us some good tips for planning ahead for the week.  Unfortunately, I had broken my toe a few days before the trip and suddenly required a wheelchair to enable me to get around the Village and the parks.  Maryanne, the manager on duty at Guest Services, arranged immediately for my rental and it arrived the next morning.  We were constantly impressed with how accommodating everyone was.  They truly wanted to make our stay worry free and easy.  There were a couple of times when we needed something and the staff always followed up to check that things were taken care of.  We also received free passes to parks and other activity fun spots.  The park passes meant that we didn’t stand in long line ups and that was a gift in itself!

The magic didn’t only happen at Disney World.  GKTW Village was a magical place to be too.  The Castle of Miracles was quite overwhelming.  Seeing over 100,000 gold stars decorating the ceiling, each representing a child that had suffered, but that also had the great joy of being granted a trip to this wonderful place was indescribable.  We were touched many times during our stay.  There was something fun going on all the time and our youngest daughter, Heather, rode a horse, sat with Santa, took mermaid training in the pool and had a blast with some pirates.  The food choices were plentiful, healthy and delicious… and sometimes being able to have a milkshake for breakfast seems just right too!  Laura has a severe peanut allergy and all the food was safe for her to enjoy!   I really can’t begin to describe the genuine kindness that we received from every single volunteer and employee we encountered at GKTW Village.  It was remarkable to witness so many that just wanted to bring joy to others.  We ended the vacation with another beautiful limo trip with Murray, and it was terrific to see his warm smile again.

It is truly amazing to see how many organizations pull together to make these trips happen.  This note doesn’t really capture how appreciative we feel, but we hope you will continue to do what you all do because we know it will make dreams come true for many families in the future.

With grateful hearts,

Greg, Frances, Laura and Heather Hillier