Selena Nova, of Wyoming, recently visited Disneyland and attended a taping of “So You Think You Can Dance” through Kids Wish Network, a children’s charity that grants wishes for kids with life-threatening illnesses
Selena, who has been dancing since she was 5, continues honing her skills and competing in competitions, despite struggling with epilepsy, a neurological disorder that results in recurrent seizures.
When it was time for Selena’s California adventure, Kids Wish Network flew her and her mom to Los Angeles and took them to the set of “So You Think You Can Dance.”
“I cried after the first set of dancers, it was a surreal and amazing experience for my daughter,” said Selena’s mom, Amy.
Selena met the show’s complete panel of judges including Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Laurieann Gibson and Dominic “D-Trix” Sandoval.
“We had a great time,” Amy said. “Being at the show was incredible and one of the best experiences ever.”
In addition to her longtime love of dance, Selena also collects snow globes and loves Disney, so Kids Wish Network incorporated those into her wish experience.
Selena found out about her wish during a family trip to Florida while visiting Kids Wish Network’s headquarters. Her first hint was an archway of gold letter balloons spelling out SYTYCD (“So You Think You Can Dance’) in the office lobby.
She then received a gift bag containing a snow globe with a message inside that revealed she would soon be going to see “So You Think You Can Dance” live and also would be visiting Disneyland.
During the wish trip, Selena and her mom enjoyed many magical moments at Disneyland.
“My favorite part of her wish was seeing her really happy,” Amy said. “Her wish was a time when everything was about her.”
Kids Wish Network is a national charitable organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with life-threatening conditions and struggling with life-altering situations.
Visit www.kidswishnetwork.org to learn about the organization’s programs or to refer a child.