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Make-a-Wish Trip Leaves Family Hoping for Camera

Posted January 2, 2008

— A Fayetteville family hopes it hasn't used up all of its wishes.

Maura Kane and her parents spent six days at Disney World last month, courtesy of the Make-a-Wish Foundation. But when they returned home, they realized they had lost a digital camera that had captured memories of the trip.

Maura, who's almost 3, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a cancer, when she was 8 months old and also has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy. She underwent heart surgery days after her birth because her aorta was narrowing, and she has Weaver-Smith syndrome, which accelerates her physical growth.

She undergoes physical and verbal therapy – she lacks verbal skills – four days a week.

"We went down (to Disney World) and truly could just relax and let her be a kid, which is the only job she should have," said her mother, Kathleen Kane. "If there was one show she absolutely has to watch, it's Mickey Mouse."

Kane and her husband took photos of Maura with Mickey and other Disney characters on the family's Sony digital camera.

"I took probably a whole memory card full of pictures," Kane said.

The family flew back to Raleigh-Durham International Airport from Orlando on Dec. 22 on Southwest Airlines, but they noticed their camera was missing. Kane said she thinks she lost the camera, which was in a black Logic bag, on the plane or in the airport.

"It was very devastating to realize i had lost that," she said. "It's definitely memories we won't get back because it was a once-in-a-lifetime trip."

The family has a few snapshots that Disney photographers took, but Kane said she hopes somebody will find the camera and return it – or at least return the memory stick.

Anyone with information about the Kanes’ camera can call the family at 910-339-0176.


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  • cuteboyd Jan 3, 2008

    I too hope she gets the camera back.

  • just my2cents Jan 3, 2008

    Hopefully the finder will atleast turn in the memory stick. I'll be in prayer for Maura, neuroblstoma is a terrible monster, maybe one day, we'll have the cure.

  • Conservative Jan 3, 2008

    I hope the finder of the camera reads this article and brings it back! That would be the honorable thing to do irrespective of the circumstances.

  • daisy Jan 3, 2008

    My heart goes out to this child and family. Such a wonderful experience and I am sure those pictures would provide so much comfort in the coming years. Hope the camera is located.

  • ITLAWYER Jan 2, 2008

    Took a trip like this myself in 1996 and lost my daughter in 1999. I know the value of that lost memory stick and I hope it's returned to her.

  • fernvalley Jan 2, 2008

    Here's hoping that at least the memory stick gets returned.

  • djofraleigh Jan 2, 2008

    Can't let some lost pictures spoil your real memories.

    I'm surprised someone's phone number was given out.

  • kittiboo Jan 2, 2008

    Oh no! That sucks. I sure hope they get it returned. I love the Make-A-Wish foundation- such a great organization.

  • gopanthers Jan 2, 2008

    If it hasn't done so already - I think this story should go national. How sad and what a shame.

  • parr4246 Jan 2, 2008

    I hope someone will return the camera or at least the memory card like the mother is asking for................!!!