By Jeffery Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
CORNING - The wish of seven-year old Madison Kraft, from Atlanta near North Cohocton, has been granted by the Kids Wish Network.
Kraft, who is challenged by a lifelong diagnosis of an autoimmune disease that affects the way her body produces energy, received a free tour of the Corning Museum of Glass Wednesday morning and to her surprise even more.
As gaffers finished creating a glass monster riding a skateboard, a picture drawn by Kraft days earlier, during a You Design It portion of the tour, CMOG spokesman Ann Campbell handed Kraft an envelope to open.
“The Kids Wish Network wanted you to receive something today as part of your surprise,” Campbell said. “I’m going to let you open it.”
Kraft ripped the envelope open, took a look, and was surprised that she and her parents will take a free trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
“I’m going to Disney World,” Kraft said, as she dropped the envelope with a smile. “I’m excited.”
Kraft’s mother, Heather Burley, said Madison has been on the Kids Wish Network for about a year.
“We’ve known about this for the last few weeks and she’s been excited to come here. That’s what she wanted,” Burley said. “It’s been fantastic and she loved the extra surprise.”
Jay Kraft, Madison’s father, said he and Heather have known about Disney World and it’s been difficult keeping the secret from Madison.
“We’re glad she was finally told about it,” Burley said. The family plans to visit Disney World in early May.
Jay Kraft said it was also fantastic to watch the gaffers work at the CMoG Amphitheater Hot Shop.
“It was very interesting to watch and Madison had just a great time,” he said. “They’re a talented group.”
Madison said she loved helping the gaffers get the glass monster riding a skateboard put together.
“It was a lot of fun,” Madison said.
At a very young age, Madison was drinking more water than usual and not feeling quite herself, according to Kids Wish Network. Her family thought it best to take her in for a doctor visit where tests were run.
Tests showed that Madison’s sugar levels were not within normal ranges, and she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease with little or no production of insulin, a hormone needed to allow energy into the body’s cells, and has no cure.
Because Madison had difficulty keeping her sugar levels under control throughout diagnosis, she was eventually put on an insulin pump to regulate her illness. She must check her levels up to ten times a day.
Madison’s family describes her as a silly, funny girl who remains brave throughout her everyday life. She is independent, intelligent, and self-aware.
Madison enjoys school and is described as a bit of a perfectionist who aims to please and get good grades. She has longed loved Disney movies and has always hoped to visit Walt Disney World.