Central Primary School fourth grade student Anthony Zimmerle is heading to Disney World this week with the Kidd Kraddick Morning Show for Kidd's Kids 2017. Anthony is one of 50 kids with a chronic illness that is attending this trip of a lifetime with their families. The Kidd’s Kids organization's mission is to create hope and memories for families of children with life-altering conditions.
Sponsored by the Kidd Kraddick Morning Show, the exhilarating Kidd’s Kids trip aids the show hosts in their intent to help children with life-altering conditions with an all-expenses-paid trip to Disney World. The foundation now takes 50 families on this journey every November with a goal intending to provide the trip of a lifetime. To qualify the child must live in the radio listening area, and be facing a life-changing condition. The child’s family must also show financial need.
Anthony's grandmother, Denise Murchie, nominated him for the trip by filling out an application and getting his doctor to sign a release form verifying his ability to travel. At her workplace, Anthony is known as the unofficial office mascot. So, it was exciting when they learned he was selected. A FedEx package arrived at the Murche's home on a Friday afternoon with the news. Anthony’s grandfather, Micah, fell to his knees and became breathless when he opened the box. He called Denise's office and had the staff pile in her office as he read it over the phone. Later that evening they told Anthony, “We’re going to Disney World!”
Anthony has never been to Disney World and is looking forward to riding many roller coasters like Splash Mountain and Space Mountain and eating breakfast with his favorite character, Pluto. He is also excited to hang out with Big Al Mack and J-Si from the morning show and to experience being a normal kid for four days. The trip will surround him with people that understand what he and his family overcome each day.
Diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, Anthony lives life to the fullest despite his condition. Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disease that can cause persistent lung infections and can eventually limit the ability to breathe over time. Every day Anthony is required to do breathing treatments in the morning and at night to to keep his airway system clear. If he is sick, he has to do an extra hour of treatment on top of his daily routine. Anthony’s immune system has to work twice as hard to keep him healthy.
Anthony must stay on a rigorous regimen to attain his health and keep contact sports to a minimum. Nevertheless, he is a thriving, active kid who loves to swim and eat jambalaya.
“We are continuously looking for opportunities and interests to make his life as healthy as possible. We want to be able to give him the best quality of life that he can have with his condition,” said Anthony’s grandfather, Micah Murchie.
Anthony's school, Central Primary, recently hosted a dress down day to raise money for the Kidd's Kids Foundation, and his classmates made congratulations posters for him.
You can hear about the Kidd's Kids trip by listening locally to 102.5 WFMF or visiting www.kiddskids.com and kiddkraddickinfo.com.
Report courtesy of Ascension Public Schools. Public Information Office intern Jacelyn Wheat contributed to this press release. Jacelyn is a senior at East Ascension High School.