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Pixie Dust Wishes bestows its second Disney trip

by on November 03, 2017 3:27 PM

BOALSBURG — On Oct. 25, the nonprofit Pixie Dust Wishes granted its second Disney trip in front of St. Joseph Catholic Academy students to Eddie Coltabaugh, son of Katie and John Coltabaugh, of Tyrone.

Coltabaugh has DiGeorge syndrome, which is caused by a defect of chromosome 22. It affects several body systems, and the features vary greatly from one child to another. Coltabaugh has a cleft palate and a heart defect, and has had multiple surgeries.

Jaimie Miller, executive director of Pixie Dust Wishes, opened the assembly at St. Joseph's with a video of Disney World and the organization's first trip recipient. She discussed the beginnings of Pixie Dust Wishes and of her hopes for its ongoing work.

“I want to teach others, especially children, about kids with disabilities and about the ill effects of bullying (and) how much it hurts. The words or actions of a bully hurt the children themselves, and also those who love and live with them.”

Miller's daughter, Emma, is an 11-year-old with Down syndrome. When the family took her to Disney World, they discovered how much it meant to her. Miller decided to help other children have the same experience and formed her Pixie Dust Wishes, which grants Disney trips to children in Pennsylvania with disabilities and special needs.

Emma Miller charmed the assembly, wearing her Tinker Bell costume as she carried the sign that declared Coltabaugh was the winner of the second Disney trip.

Pixie Dust Wishes will hold another assembly in Bellefonte during the first week of November, and will present another Disney trip at that time.




Connie Cousins covers Centre County for the Gazette.
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