Lynsey Reyna, 8, had one of the best Christmases this year as she was a recipient for the Make-A-Wish Foundation that grants wishes for children with life threatening medical conditions.
Her wish was to spend a day with Miley Cyrus, the young actress that stars in her own show, Hannah Montana.
“The one with Uncle Earl, that’s one of them, but I like all of them,” said Lynsey in a soft voice about her favorite episode of Hannah Montana.
Lynsey has been battling with cancer for four years, but has been in remission for about a year.
According to the Internet, the mission of Make-A-Wish Foundation International is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
Lynsey, a third grade student at Schallert, and her siblings, Megan, 12 and 10-year-old Ray Jr. along with her parents, Ray and Edna Reyna, spent four days in Hollywood, Calif. from Dec. 10 to Dec. 14.
“They asked Lynsey what her biggest wish was and she said to meet Miley Cyrus,” her dad, Ray said.
The family was catered for four days and spent some time at Universal Studios and a whole day on the set of Hannah Montana. Lynsey and her family met Miley along with the other cast stars including Vicki Lawrence, a former Carol Burnett Show cast member who now plays Montana’s grandmother in the hit sitcom.
Lynsey, in not so many words, whispered to her dad that this was one of the best Christmases she has had.
“It was a dream vacation, even for mom and dad,” Ray Sr. said. “Everywhere we went everyone welcomed us with open arms.”
The Make-A-Wish Foundation has become the largest wish-granting organization in the world and can be found in 31 countries on five continents. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of America grants the wishes of children in the United States, Guam and Puerto Rico through its 66 chapters, while Make-A-Wish Foundation International serves children outside the United States in 31 countries on five continents. With the help of generous donors and 30,000 volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has granted more than 210,000 wishes worldwide since inception.
Lynsey said one of her favorite rides at the Universal Studios was the Shrek ride.
“It was 4-D and the chairs were moving,” she whispered in her dad’s ear.
She said meeting celebrity animals that star in the movie, Hotel For Dogs, that will be released soon, was also exciting.
The episode the family watched getting taped is expected to be on the Disney Channel later this year.
“This was very personalized, they focused just on Lynsey,” Ray Sr. said. “This was once in a lifetime.”