Disney World

A local six-year old girl with Cerebral Palsy and her family received an all expenses paid trip to Orlando, Florida, from the national non-profit Baking Memories 4 Kids. 

Ashley Witthohn, who has Cerebral Palsy and cannot walk, came out of the firehouse Wednesday morning along with her two sisters and parents to see a fire truck and man holding a large Mickey Mouse stuffed animal.

The whole family beamed as Frank Squeo, founder of Baking Memories 4 Kids, explained that the whole bunch would get to visit all the theme parks in Orland, Florida, for a week next November. The family will stay at a resort with full handicap access, and get to visit all the theme parks in the area, from Disney World to Universal studios. Food, travel, front of line privledge and more will be completely covered, giving the family a chance to enjoy quality time together. 

“Enjoyment. We haven’t been able to take a true family vacation where we don’t have to worry about how we are going to deal with handicap accessible things for her, how is she going to enjoy the trip equally as with her sisters,” said Pamela Witthohn, Ashley’s mother, when asked what this trip meant to her. 

“I think it’s very exciting... it’s just amazing that we get to go to Disney World for a week,” Ashley’s eight-year old sister Brianna Witthohn said. Kaitlyn, who is Ashley’s twin, said she was excited to meet all the different characters at the parks, and Ashley said “yeah” when asked if Elsa was her favorite Disney princess.

The family was nominated to the organization by Ashley’s best friend, Ariana, who also has CB and whose family got to go on the same trip a few years earlier. Baking Memories 4 Kids sells chocolate chip cookies every year from Nov. 1 to Christmas day to raise money to give children with a life threatening or terminal illness and their families a chance to make lasting memories.

“What’s the best gift you can get or receive? Its not cookies, its memories. And that why’s I named it Baking Memories 4 Kids,” said Squeo. “We can help. I can’t take away the pain I can’t take away the cancer. But with these cookies I can give them the most powerful gift that they’re gonna have. No one can take away the memories that these cookies create.”

The organization sells containers of 25 cookies for $30, which they send with free shipping all over the nation. With the help of hundreds of volunteers and many trips to Costco, they actually broke the Guiness World Record for most cookies baked in an hour without equipment, with 6018 cookies. Visit bakingmemories4kids.com to learn more about the organization or buy cookies.

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