Her parents, Matt and Lacy Fredrickson of Heartwell, describe Eliza as a typical 3 year old girl. She attends preschool, rides the bus, loves to play with her brothers, Brady and Hunter, and is crazy about princesses and Dora the Explorer.
But Eliza contends with much more than most three year olds, she must deal daily with the physical and psychological symptoms associated with a rare hereditary skin condition called Congenital Ichthyosiform Erythroderma (CIE), a congenital genetic abnormality that affects 1 in every 100,000 babies.
On Tuesday morning in the C. L. Jones Middle School gymnasium, Eliza was granted a very special wish by the Make A Wish Foundation, an all expense paid trip to Disney World for herself and her family to “see princesses”.
Complete with fanfare deserving of royalty and in the presence of nearly one hundred friends, family, classmates, and well wishers, Eliza, dressed in a pink tutu, was presented with a jeweled crown and the magic wand that will magically transport Eliza and her family to the Magic Kingdom on January 7 for a week of family fun.
In addition to her crown and magic wand, Eliza was presented with her very own suitcase for the trip, including two pairs of princess shoes (which she had to try on immediately), a Disney jacket and ensemble, a count down calendar, and a special gift from the Minden Whippet cheerleaders of a cheerleading uniform and pom poms.
Special Disney themed selections were performed by the Minden High School band and Women’s chorus in her honor as well as a dance performance by the dance team and special cheer by the cheerleaders.
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