Andrew's Slam Dunk
Andrew's wish to go to the NBA All-Star game is not only a wish that he remembers, but one that continues to inspire him ten years later. When Andrew was diagnosed with epilepsy as a child, there were many times where he just wanted to quit. His attitude changed when he was granted his wish to attend the NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles in 2004. Instead of thinking about quitting, he strived to keep going. Andrew said, “My wish would have been for nothing if I would have let my epilepsy get the best of me.”
Now, as Andrew celebrates the 10th anniversary of his wish, he still has some symptoms of epilepsy but is overcoming them. He believes that his wish helped him to get through the tough times and become a better, more successful person today. Andrew said, “To know that there are people like Make-A-Wish in this world is what makes it a better place and one that I am proud to be a part of.”
Beach Bliss for Elizabeth
Elizabeth, too, deals with a life-threatening form of epilepsy. To alleviate her seizures, she underwent complex brain surgery and some very trying times. When Elizabeth was offered the opportunity to wish for anything she wanted, she knew a relaxing beach vacation in Florida would be perfect. What better way to forget about your worries than to spend hours along the beach making sandcastles and watching for dolphins? Elizabeth mom's said that Elizabeth's trip "helped her to enjoy herself and remember good times versus all the hard times." Her father added, “the wish brightened all our spirits and we shall never forget it and will continue to support Make-A-Wish.”
Wade's Heaven on Earth
Wade was eager to let his cares drift away during a fun beach experience as well. He was referred to Make-A-Wish shortly after being diagnosed with neuroblastoma in June 2012. After more than a year of undergoing treatments, Wade and his family headed to the Bahamas for a week in the warm sun just as the cold Pennsylvania winter was starting. Wade and his family described the trip, which included meetings with dolphins and plenty of time on the beach, as "the best time of our lives." His mother wrote, " It was a vacation we will never forget. It was like heaven on earth. We had no stress! No doctors! Everything was right there waiting for us."
Andrew, Elizabeth and Wade are just a few kids who have had their most challenging days replaced with memories that they will cherish forever. So far this year, we've given more than 550 kids and their families a chance to have an unforgettable experience. Are you one of these kids or would like to help make these experiences possible? Share your wish experience here or learn more about how you can help.