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Pixie Dust Wishes awards eighth Disney trip

by on January 15, 2019 8:37 AM

STATE COLLEGE — Every time the Pixie Dust Wishes organization awards a trip, it is a special event. The trips are very much family affairs and the one awarded on Dec. 28 was no exception. The presentation was held at Re/Max in State College at 1375 Martin Street. Re/Max is a major sponsor of  Pixie Dust Wishes.

Jaimie Miller, the founder of Pixie Dust Wishes, awarded a trip to Disney World to Kara Weitzel and her family. Kara is the 12-year-old daughter of Kerri and Mike Weitzel. She has two brothers, Matthew and David.

This marked the eighth trip awarded by Pixie Dust Wishes. The non-profit makes Disney wishes come true for individuals with special needs and their families. The families benefit from the special accommodations that Disney provides for children and adults with disabilities and those who accompany them.

Families have the opportunity to be away from the day-to-day challenges that go along with raising children with special needs. With their needs met and their chores lessened, parents and family members can enjoy, along with their child, the magical vacation that is Disney.

Kara is very close to her father and he was deployed on Jan. 1, 2019, so the timing was good, allowing him to be present for the award.

Georgianna DaCarmine, daughter of Jaimie Miller, was on hand to photograph the proceedings. Emma Miller, a special needs child herself, and daughter of Jamie Miller, presented balloons and a sign to Kara and her family.

Liza Pazak, special education teacher at Mount Nittany Middle School, nominated Kara for the Pixie Dust trip. In her nomination letter, she said, “I have Kara for reading and math. She is the only daughter of a military family. She loves the stage and the theater. She is very deserving of the granting of her wish.”

Kara was animated and smiling as she enjoyed having her picture taken with Snow White who made an appearance for the event.

A side note of the afternoon was the apparent support from the others that attended the award.  Some had experienced the same trip with their own children. The group, that shares many of the same challenges, as well as the joys of raising children with special needs, is like a family.


Connie Cousins covers Centre County for the Gazette.
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