Friday, August 03, 2012

FREE Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Tickets!!!

Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus Partners With Eliza’s Wish                 For Special Book Drive Event To Kick-Off DRAGONS Coming to Salt Lake City
Local Families Can Help Donate To Eliza’s Wish Charity To Get Free Circus Ticket
Plus Join Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson For Fun-Filled Dragon Egg Hunt
at the EnergySolutions Arena on Tuesday, August 14th

WHO/WHAT: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents DRAGONS is a once in a millennium event that honors The Year of the Dragon and will be coming to Salt Lake City this September.   Tickets for this all-new circus production will go on-sale to the public on Monday, August 13th at 10:00 AM and we’re going to kick-off the event with a morning of fun and charity.

                         Strength, Wisdom, Courage and Heart are the four traits used to summon the dragon in the show and these same characteristics couldn’t be more descriptive of Eliza Williams, a local Utah girl who suffers from MLD (Metachromatic Leukodystrophy).  Eliza’s family started “Eliza’s Wish” which not only rasies awareness about her disease, but also collects and donates books for “Eliza’s Library” which provides books to doctors’ offices and children’s hospitals all over Utah.   

                         As a special charity promotion, Salt Lake residents are encouraged to bring a new or gently used children’s book to donate to “Eliza’s Library” on the morning of August 14th at the EnergySolutions Arena to receive a FREE TICKET* to Ringling Bros. presents DRAGONS.   
                                  *Limit 2 tickets per family, available on a first-come first-serve basis, subject to availability to first 100 families in attendance

                         Plus, the first 300 young circus fans (ages 2-12) in attendance will get to participate in a special Dragon Egg Hunt where each child will get access to the specially designed “Dragon Cave” inside the EnergySolutions Arena to hunt for one rare golden dragon egg that can be redeemed for a variety of cool prizes.  Ringling Bros. Circus Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson will also make an advance visit to Salt Lake to meet with kids and take them deep into the dragon’s cave to help them hunt for the elusive dragon eggs.

The Williams Family will be on-hand to speak about “Eliza’s Wish” book drive and will also be available for media interviews, along with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson.

WHEN:            Tuesday, August 14th at 7:00 AM MDT    (*No line-ups before 6:00am please)

WHERE:         EnergySolutions Arena (Southwest side of building – Door #1)
                          301 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT  84101

About The Show DRAGONS:
Searching the farthest reaches of the globe, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® has gathered the best of the best circus performers to honor the Spirit of the Dragon!  Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson presides over this fantastical tournament of champions that brings together mystic dragon lore with astounding circus feats of bravery and athleticism that will take you on a wondrous journey to discover what it takes to believe in your dreams. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents DRAGONS is a never-before-seen circus adventure of legend and spectacle coming to EnergySolutions Arena from September 20-24.  Tickets are available for purchase at the venue Box Office and all SmithTix locations, charge by phone at 801-355-SEAT or 800-888-TIXX and online at or

About Eliza’s Wish
Eliza Williams was diagnosed with late-infantile Metachromatic Leukodystrophy (MLD)  on September 11, 2007 after months of frustration and misdiagnosis. Up to this point, Eliza was a "typically developing child" who reached all of her milestones on time, if not early. In April 2006 she developed sudden onset Esotropia, which caused her eyes to cross. Her first MRI came back normal and two surgeries were performed to correct her eyes. Although she was able to walk, her gait was very wobbly and she fell often. Doctors assured us that this was normal and that it was just taking a little longer for her gait to develop. However, Eliza's walking did not improve and she could not run or jump.
In April 2007, Eliza started walking less and less and reverted to crawling again. Her opthalmologist checked her eyes once again and referred us to a neurologist. Initially, the neurologist suspected Spinal Muscle Atrophy (SMA) but this was quickly ruled out from a nerve conduction test. It was then assumed that Eliza had Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT). However, Eliza's entire body became extremely stiff and she was in tremendous pain. In September, an emergency MRI was ordered that confirmed our greatest fear. Eliza had Metachromatic Leukodystrophy- a progressive and terminal disease. One short month after her diagnosis, Eliza lost the ability to crawl, sit up, talk and eat independently (she now has a feeding tube). She can no longer see but she enjoys listening to the sounds around her.
Books have always been one of Eliza’s favorite things. She loves listening to books on a daily basis. Before MLD, Eliza was able to recite many of her favorite books! Even though she can no longer see the pictures, turn the pages or recite the words, Eliza still loves being read to. Eliza’s Library was started by her family as a way to honor her, help other children develop a love for reading and spread awareness about MLD.

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