Eupora student receives Make-A-Wish trip to Disney World


Kailen Holmes said she loved “Give Kids The World” and “Magic Kingdom,” and she got to meet “Elisa” and “Anna” — what could be better than that? “Frozen” is her favorite movie!

For one Eupora Elementary School student, it was a trip of a lifetime. Her mom, Kim Holmes, said Kailen was so happy and excited when she found out she was granted a wish to go to Disney World from the Make-A-Wish® Mississippi Foundation. The whole family was invited to take a break from hospitals and doctor visits and day-to-day responsibilities for one week (March 15-21) for this very special trip.

“She had a smile on her face the whole time we were gone and she had so much fun,” Holmes said. “I loved being able to go on the trip with my family and seeing Kailan having so much fun. She was so excited about getting to go to Disney World and seeing everything there. I am thankful that we were able to go because we have gone through so much with Kailan and getting to see her enjoy the trip was so great.”

Kailan, 8, is the daughter of Jonathan and Kim Holmes of Eupora. She has epilepsy and takes medication to try to control her seizures. Kailan has had frequent seizures her entire life, but was only recently diagnosed  with epilepsy.

20150316_125226_resizedMake-A-Wish® Mississippi gave Kailan the opportunity to choose any wish she wanted and she choose to go to Disney World. The family stayed at Give Kids The World Village and loved it there.

“The village is a great place and they do so much for the kids there,” Kim Holmes said. “We all loved the village and going to all the Disney Parks. We are so thankful Kailan got the wish and we were able to go.”

According to Megan Ford, program services director for Make-A-Wish® Mississippi, during Kailen’s special week at Disney, the family lodged at Give Kids the World Village where pizza is delivered 24/7 and ice cream is always available. During the day, Kailan visited the local parks and was able to meet the princesses. At night, Kailan and her brother were tucked in by Ms. Mary, the wife of the Village’s Mayor.

“We enjoyed having the privilege to grant Kailan’s wish, and look forward to granting wishes to other Mississippi children,” Ford said. “The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Almost 90 percent of medical professionals say they believe that the wish experience can influence wish kids’ physical health.”

Last year, Make-A-Wish Mississippi granted over 100 wishes to Mississippi children.

For more information about Make-A-Wish® Mississippi, go to


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