In November of 2004, Amanda was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension. Because of this illness, she was given the chance to have a wish granted from international children’s charity Kids Wish Network; she asked to meet her favorite singer, Rihanna.
In 2006, Amanda and her family were flown to New York to watch Rihanna’s rehearsal for the Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve at the Nokia Theater and hang out with the superstar. Backstage, Amanda was a little nervous but she warmed up quickly to Rihanna, who spent lots of time with her young fan, chatting and smiling for the cameras.
Rihanna signed lots of autographs for Amanda and, in turn, Amanda presented Rihanna with a card and a friendship charm.
Amanda’s special wish trip to New York is one she will never, ever forget.
According to her dad, “Amanda really enjoyed herself. She’ll definitely remember that for a long time! We really appreciate everything. It was a very nice experience!”
Kids Wish Network is an international charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experienced life-altering situations. Kids Wish Network assists children and their families through several key programs.
Every child deserves a chance at happiness; a wish is a way of bringing them that joy. If you would like to sponsor a child’s wish or if you know a child who is suffering from a life-threatening illness and may be in need of Kids Wish Network’s wish granting services, please call 727-937-3600 or toll free 888-918-9004. For more information on Kids Wish Network, visit our website at www.kidswishnetwork.org.