Courtney Strout, a Curry teen, has cystic fibrosis, an inherited disorder that causes severe damage to the lungs, digestive system and other organs in the body. She was raised by her loving …
Courtney Strout, a Curry teen, has cystic fibrosis, an inherited disorder that causes severe damage to the lungs, digestive system and other organs in the body.
She was raised by her loving grandparents, Jessie Allen and Margaret Miller, and in recent years, has been building a relationship with her mom, who lives out of state.
Last Christmas, her mom Christina had a priceless gift — she came to Alabama to see her family.
“It was a true surprise and blessing for Courtney and her brother,” said Courtney’s grandma Margaret.
Courtney could have asked Kids Wish Network, a children’s charity that grants wishes for kids with life-threatening illnesses, for a tropical getaway, a shopping spree or meeting a celebrity for her once-in-a-lifetime dream coming true. Instead, she chose being reunited with her mom and simply spending time with her.
She received her heartfelt wish. Kids Wish Network flew Courtney, her grandma, grandpa and brother to Nebraska, where here mom lives. The family enjoyed time together bonding, and Courtney further appreciated time with her newly acquainted stepdad and brother.
It was also important for Courtney and her mom to share special moments of their own. They were indulged in a day of pampering by Body Nouveaux Spa, with facials, massages and additional beauty treatments. They also had a memorable lunch together at Misty’s Steakhouse.
During the wish, their family had times of togetherness celebrating with food from Panera Bread, Fazoli’s, C. Berry’s, Jimmy John’s and Buzzard Billy’s. They also enjoyed going to Marcus Lincoln Grand Cinema for a movie, and were given spending money for additional festivities. They chose to visit the Omaha Zoo.
“My wish was a lot of fun,” said Courtney. “My favorite part was seeing my mom.”
“My fondest memory was the expression on Courtney’s face when she was greeted by her mom,” said Margaret. “What you did for our family was a big blessing. It was an emotional time. I felt for everybody… there was a sensation of happiness.”
Kids Wish Network Executive Director Tam Lai said, “It was heartwarming granting a wish bringing Courtney’s family together again.”
Kids Wish Network is a national charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children with life-threatening conditions and struggling with life-altering situations. KWN provides trip expenses, meals, accommodations and additional spending monies to all wish families whenever traveling as applicable.
Visit www.kidswishnetwork.org to learn about different programs, and find out how you can help make dreams come true and sponsor a wish for a deserving child.