Leighton Smith, area manager for Alliance Pipeline, right, presents Sharon Mazaheri of Make-A-Wish North Dakota, left, with its sixth $5,000 gift for the Adopt-A-Wish program. Paityn Elston accepts the check for the next childâ€™s wish that Alliance Pipeline will grant. Paityn had her wish granted in May. She and her family traveled to Walt Disney World Resort to meet the Disney princesses.
Alliance Pipeline LLC, which runs its North Dakota office in Valley City, will be adopting their sixth wish to the Make-A-Wish foundation.
The company has already granted wishes to five North Dakota children living with life-threatening medical conditions since 2006.
Leighton Smith, North Dakota area manager for Alliance Pipeline, presented Make-A-Wish North Dakota representatives with its sixth $5,000 gift for the Adopt-A-Wish program Tuesday. Alliance Pipeline donated the money that will be used to underwrite one more childâ€™s wish.
The child and family live in Berthold, a small town near Minot, but have not decided their wish yet.
Most recently, Alliance Pipeline funded a wish for four-year-old Paityn from Valley City, who received her wish to meet the Disney Princesses and see the castles, then Walt Disney World Resort.
Paityn and her family were at Alliance Pipeline to accept the check on behalf of the child whose wish will be granted.
At just two months old, Paityn was diagnosed with Biliary Atresia, a rare liver disease that affects newborns. She spent the next year in and out of hospital stays in Minneapolis, Minn. while her family stayed in the Ronald McDonald House.
Paityn received two liver transplants in just one week in August 2009.
â€śIt was a long journey,â€ť Paitynâ€™s mother Angie Elston told the Times-Record, but Paitynâ€™s finally feeling well.
After being granted her wish, Paityn and her family traveled to Orlando for one week in May where Paityn had an extra special lunch at Disneyâ€™s Epcot Park and Disney Princesses joined her table at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall to sign autographs and take pictures.
During the familyâ€™s stay in Orlando they were given passes to visit all four Disney Theme Parks, along with visits to Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and SeaWorld.
Alliance Pipeline has funded wishes to four other children as well.
Joshua Schitz, age 12, from Hankinson, who has Myotonic Dystrophy was granted his wish to visit Walt Disney World Resort in January 2009.
Kelvin Opp, age 15, from Hannaford, who has Angelmanâ€™s Syndrome and severe seizures was granted his wish for a backyard play area in October 2007.
Nicholas Machart, age 16, from Valley City, who has Congenital Heart Disease was granted his wish to have a New York City experience where he also was able to see a Minnesota Twins vs New York Yankees baseball game in July 2007.
Derek Davis, age 14, from Grand Forks Air Force Base, who has Medulloblastoma was granted his wish to attend the ProBowl in February 2006.Â