I'm going to Disneyland!

By Geoff Lee

September 29, 2016 11:58 AM

Tianna Rae Crookedneck, left, and her family members will be headed to Disney World Dec. 23. Make-A-Wish Northern Alberta held the wish reveal for the teen on her 18th birthday at the Native Friendship Centre Friday night when the Mickey Mouse ears were donned.

Tomorrowland is in her future.

Tianna Rae Crookedneck will be spending Christmas in Disney World thanks to a Make-A-Wish Northern Alberta wish reveal held at the Lloydminster Native Friendship Centre Friday evening.

It was a special occasion for the Onion Lake teen on her 18th birthday.
“I am happy about it to go to Disney World with my family to go have fun, forget about everything,” said Crookedneck who was overcome with emotions.
She was surrounded by family and friends who sang Happy Birthday and held up signs that read, ‘You’re Going to Disney World’ to heighten the surprise of her reveal.

Her mom, Candace Stanley, explained her daughter was diagnosed with Wegener’s disease in 2014, a life threatening congenital condition that causes her throat to close up.

When she heard about Make- A-Wish from a friend this summer, she applied thinking they wouldn’t get it.

“So it was overwhelming when they called and said she was granted a wish. Although it was kind of sad ,too, because they only grant wishes for sick children,” said Stanley.

Her daughter’s wish was to go to Florida or New York or visit actress Selena Gomez with Florida as her first pick.

“She was thinking of all us. she said we’ll go somewhere where we can all have fun, but I kept telling her it’s her wish, do what you want,” said Stanley.

It will be a party of seven flying to Disney World on Dec. 23 for a week long trip of a lifetime.

“This trip is going to help us because I have been neglecting my other children living in the hospital with Tianna,” said Stanley.

The wish was organized by wish granter Leanne Hawes, a Lloydminster volunteer with Make-A-Wish Northern Alberta.

“It’s exciting to be a part of it,” said Hawes.

“It’s a creation of goodwill not only for the child but their family when they’re going through something.”

This is the second wish Hawes has granted this year in Lloydminster and she said it brings the community together.

“We’ve had a lot of community partners donate today just to make her wish come true,” she said.

Make-A-Wish referrals may be made by the affected child on their own or by a parent or a medical professional like their physician.

Stanley said the confirmation of the wish from Hawes was surreal and overwhelming.

“It was like finally happening,” she said, noting her daughter’s been a fighter the last two years.

“There were times when we saw her going purple and she wanted to give up and she wanted to stop taking pills – she’s a fighter and I am proud of her which is why I am so emotional.”

Crookedneck said the disease has not been easy for her and she spoke honestly about the experience since being diagnosed with her mom at her side.

“It was really hard for me and it was a struggle being young and not being able to breath sucks,” she said.

“I am just really glad the Make-A-Wish is giving me a chance to go have fun and just forget about everything.”

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