Durant 4-year-old with rare disorder gets Disney wish granted

DURANT, Okla. (KXII) -- A Durant 4-year-old girl with a rare disorder got the surprise of a lifetime on Sunday-- not only did she get to meet her heroes, Anna and Elsa from Frozen, she also gets to take a seven day trip to Disney World through the Make-A-Wish Oklahoma Foundation.

"I saw my little girl, who has had more than nine surgeries, just so happy," said mom Lindsay Schulze.

Brooklyn Schulze has a rare chromosomal disorder called DiGeorge syndrome. The syndrome can cause health problems such as heart defects, poor immune system function, a cleft palate, and low levels of calcium in the blood.

"It's a multisystem disorder," Schulze said. "We have to watch her kidneys, her heart. She's had hypocalcemia and several surgeries."

Hypocalcemia is defined as low levels of calcium in the blood.

Schluze said her daughter has always loved Disney.

"Her wish was to go to Disney and meet Elsa and Anna and everyone," said Ashton Neufeld, a volunteer wish granter with Make-A-Wish Oklahoma.

So at her send-off party Sunday, Brooklyn was in for a treat. Anna and Elsa surprised her with Disney-themed gifts.

"It's been a battle, but to see her that happy, we didn't know they were coming so it was a huge surprise," Schulze said.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants wishes for kids with critical illnesses, like Brooklyn's. Her disorder doesn't have a cure but treatment can help manage the symptoms.

"She wasn't able to verbalize her wish as much, but as soon as we showed her the Disney World picture, her eyes just lit up and she started jumping up and down," Neufeld said.

"The process has been really just a blessing," Schulze said. "We're going to Disney World and we leave out for seven days."

Schulze said with at least four more surgeries ahead for Brooklyn, it's good to have something for her daughter to look forward to.

"It's gonna be amazing," she said. 'We've been through so much, and this is gonna be something that's the chance of a lifetime. She deserves it."



 
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