Early in the morning on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, I woke up – and my mom and dad were already awake. That day I would fly to Orlando, Florida. Then, my little brother, Otis, woke up. We got dressed and there was a knock on the door. There was a man there. He asked if we needed a ride to the airport. I looked out the window and there was a limousine there! He drove us to the airport in a limo! We stopped at Crossroads to get lollipops on the way.
When we got to the airport, we were the first to get on the plane. They gave my brother and I some special gifts, too. When we got to Detroit, Michigan, we met two other Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Champions, Nick and Greta. We had lunch and boarded the plane. When we arrived in Orlando, there was a red carpet with lots of cameras! We had a funny picture taken, and Otis and I were given gift bags from Delta. We got on a Mickey Mouse bus and headed to the resort.
When we got to the resort, they asked me to do a photo shoot and a video interview. Soon after, I went to a party for all the champions and their families. I went out of the party room and saw Emma, the Utah champion. I had been talking to her over the phone before the trip. I was so happy to meet her in person.
After dinner, I went to my room, then the gift shop. And guess what? I saw Zendaya! She plays Rocky in Shake it Up. I was so happy.
The next day, the first ride we went on at Magic Kingdom was Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. At night, we had the Champions Medal Ceremony. It was SO awesome! All of the champions went on stage and did a dance if they wanted, then got a medal. Zendaya, Miss America, and Nick Cannon were on stage. Kids from All 50 states, Canada, and Puerto Rico were there to receive their Champion medals.
On the third day, I got to be a Grand Marshal in a Disney World parade. We rode in a fancy car with Zendaya. It was SO cool. The parade was called Celebrate A Dream Come True Parade. Zendaya said I had impressive waving skills.
On the next day, it was Pin Exchange. That meant all the sponsors came and gave us pins, and we gave them our stamped signatures and pins. I handed out Monty the Moose pins, bookmarks and The University of Vermont Children’s Hospital card. After that we went to the pool, and it was so fun.
The next day we met Jackie from the UVM Medical Center at MGM. We went on the Great Movie Ride, The Hollywood Tower of Terror (which by the way I LOVED!!!), and Aerosmith’s Rockin’ Roller Coaster. Soon, it was time to leave. When we got on the plane in Orlando, we got a water salute. It was SO great. They sprayed water from fire trucks over our plane as we were taxiing to the runway. We were up until 2am.
On our first day in DC, we went to the pool. I went in the hot tub and it was HOT. Then, I did a cannonball into the pool, and it was so cold. At night, we went to the Hard Rock with a group of over 70 people from Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. They announced all the Champions, and it was amazing.
The next day, we went to Arlington National Cemetery and saw the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It was SO amazing. My mom, and my brother, father, and me all LOVED it. We also had a ceremony where some of the children from Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals helped lay a special wreath at the tomb.
On our next day, we went to the White House and met the President. It was SO cool to be able to meet him. He’s quite tall. My mom, dad and brother all enjoyed it a lot, too. At the end of the White House, we got M&M’s. Sadly, the next day was time to leave. When we got to Burlington, my Oma came to pick us up.
Being able to represent The University of Vermont Children’s Hospital and all the kids who go there and being able to meet everyone was AMAZING! I’m SO happy that I was able to do all these cool things and have such an amazing time while I was doing it. My trip was far beyond amazing and everyone was so nice. Being able to meet the President was AMAZING. I had the trip of a lifetime and I LOVE representing The University of Vermont Children’s Hospital!
Victoria Reed, 9, is The University of Vermont Children’s Hospital’s 2013 Children’s Miracle Network Champion. Victoria was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. She has had 10 operations at The University of Vermont Children’s Hospital at the University of Vermont Medical Center. Her team at the UVM Medical Center is so proud of her!