5-year old girl too medically fragile to visit Disney World with family, so big sister brings Disney to her

Kindergartner Allie Salin lives in McCracken County, Kentucky with her family. She’s five years old and, like most 5-year-olds, she loves being with her mom and sister, playing with her friends and of course, Disney.

Her family is heading to Walt Disney World next week, but Allie was born prematurely–at only 29 weeks’ gestation, and because of her premature birth, she lives with a lung condition that makes it impossible for her to join her family when they visit the Most Magical Place on Earth in just a few days.

It’s a difficult situation for Allie’s family who love her and want her to experience the magic as well. So Allie’s older sister, Kaylee Salin, who attends McCracken County High School, decided to do something about it.

Kaylee is a member of FCCLA, the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America club at her school, and since her baby sister Allie can’t go to Disney, she invited other members of the group to take part in bringing Disney to Allie. They were only to happy to help.

Kaylee and several of her peers from McCracken County High got together and made plans to dress up as some of Allie’s favorite Disney characters and surprise her and her friends with a parade and party yesterday at Reidland Elementary School, also in McCracken County.

“It makes me feel, [I] can’t describe it,” said Allie’s mom Dina Natero, who says she’s so proud of Kaylee and the effort she put into this very special surprise for Allie.

“I’m not going to cry,” Allie’s mom continued. “It’s overwhelming. The feelings are overwhelming right now; I’m very proud of [Kaylee] and the things that she does. She can take care of her sister better than a nurse can take care of her sister.”

Not only was Allie surprised by all her favorite Disney characters visiting her at school, but she was also thrilled when she was presented a Power Wheels motorized car by McCracken County Schools, all dressed up like Minnie Mouse, Allie’s most favorite Disney character of all.

All photos credit: WPSD News 6



About Becky Burkett

I'm an enthusiastic writer who finds joy in random things like cold weather, snow, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, countdowns to Christmas, the month of December, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 4 kids, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history, Imagineering and visiting the parks. I think Walt Disney is the standard against which genius should be measured. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room, chillin' on the PeopleMover or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. I'm always looking for Imagineers in the parks, and I'd rather meet Joe Rohde and Tony Baxter than anyone in Hollywood! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!