Wish kid gets a once-in-a-lifetime experience with the U.S. Olympic Women’s Gymnastics Team

Wish Kid Melinda with US Olympic Gymnast Simone BilesHoliday, FL.:: Star Wishes for Children partnered with USA Gymnastics and the Kellogg Tour of Gymnastics Champions 2016 to grant a Wish Kid’s dream of meeting some of the best women gymnasts on the planet.

Star Wishes for Children and the U.S. Olympic Women’s Gymnastics Team worked together to give Melinda Ortega her forever wish by sending Melinda to the Kellogg Tour of Gymnastics Champions 2016 event in Philadelphia where she would meet Olympic Gold Medalists Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, and Shawn Johnson. Melinda’s path to becoming an Olympian herself ended with a diagnosis of Juvenile Dermatomoyositis.

The significance of being able to grant a wish like this wasn’t lost on Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles.

“It was amazing spending time with Melinda, and helping to make her wish truly special,” Biles said. “Melinda’s strength in such difficult times was a true inspiration to me and the other gymnasts.”

Melinda’s unforgettable day began when a limo from Global Limousine Service picked her up at the Ritz Carlton of Philadelphia and took her to lunch provided by The Capital Grille. From there, the limo took Melinda to the Wells Fargo Center to meet some of her favorite gymnasts.

Melinda-with-Shawn-Johnson-Simon-Biles-and-Aly-Raisman“USA Gymnastics and the Kellogg Tour of Gymnastics Champions went out of their way to make this such a memorable experience for our Wish Kid Melinda.” said Anna Lanzatella, executive director for Star Wishes for Children. “Imagine the excitement Melinda felt when meeting not just one but several of her own heroes.”

USA Gymnastics joins a long list of celebrity organizations that have supported Star Wishes for Children in making come true the heartfelt wishes of children facing life-threatening illnesses.

On behalf of Melinda and her family, Star Wishes for Children would like to thank USA Gymnastics, The Kellogg Tour of Gymnastics Champions 2016, Global Limousine Service, The Capital Grille, and the Ritz Carlton of Philadelphia for helping making Melinda’s day so memorable. Other generous sponsors who made Melinda’s wish possible include: All American Limousines, AQIMERO Restaurant, The Richel D’Ambra Spa & Salon, Giordano’s, Jewel Osco, and Dairy Queen.