Elon students Taylor Zisholtz and Lucy Smith-Williams spearheaded the project after Thompson revealed her dream to go to Disney World, where she'd never been, with her grandchildren, while the two girls were at the Acorn, the Elon-based coffee shop where Kathryn works.
Zisholtz and Smith-Williams had previously never met, but decided to team up in order to make Thompson's dream come true. They launched a GoFundMe campaign, and were able to raise $6,500 in just three days -- shattering their intended goal.
“Everyone knows Acorn, everyone eats their cookies, everyone’s been there a million times,” Taylor said, according to The Pendulum, Elon's student newspaper.
“It’s Elon, it’s their school, it’s their stomping ground, it’s something they can link to and it’s doing good for someone, and who doesn’t like doing good?” she added. The video above confirms how much the trip meant to Thompson, and just how meaningful this project was, for everyone involved.