Sydney Kenning was supposed to go to Disneyland next month.
But like so many other plans, the 3-year-old’s trip that had been organized by Make-A-Wish Nebraska was canceled because of the coronavirus. So Sydney, who was diagnosed with a neuromuscular disorder known as Infantile Neuroaxonal Dystrophy (INAD) a little more than a year ago, needed to pick a new wish.
“The average lifespan is 2 to 3 years after onset,” said her mom, Samantha. “So we wanted to pick a wish that would let us have a family experience we could all remember with her.”
That’s where Disneyland came into play. Sydney’s parents, Samantha and Adison, as well as her older siblings, Kenley, 9, and Cainan, 6, were excited about their upcoming trip in May. When the coronavirus put a damper on their plans, the family was given the option to pick a new wish.
The next-best thing for Sydney: A hot tub. Her mom said it was perfect, because it helps Sydney’s muscles relax so she can be more comfortable.
Samantha said they chose a hot tub instead of postponing the wish because they wanted something Sydney could use immediately.
Melissa Davis-Schmidt, regional director for Make-A-Wish Nebraska in Lincoln, said Sydney’s wish was made possible by partners in Nebraska. Schmidt said Trusted Choice Independent Insurance Agents of Nebraska adopted Sydney’s wish, and Aqua Palace Spa and Pools of Council Bluffs, Iowa, provided the hot tub.