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More Than Just a Shopping Spree

Lorenzo at the computer store

“ It made him feel special. ”

- Lorenzo's father

For 12-year-old Lorenzo, his wish for a shopping spree was more than just buying new electronics and sporting goods. It was a day to feel special. A day to forget about the pressures of living with cystic fibrosis.

Lorenzo felt like a star.  After arriving to his favorite computer store in a limo, all the employees clapped for him, making this wish kid feel like the guest of honor.  He was then escorted to the back to learn more about electronics and become a technician for a day.

"It made him feel special," said Lorenzo's father.

After Lorenzo bought all of the electronics he wanted, he moved on to buying clothes and shoes from his favorite sports stores: Champs, Foot Locker and Dick's Sporting Goods. 

Lorenzo soon discovered his dream day had not yet ended when he and his family were taken to the Olive Garden, Lorenzo’s favorite restaurant, for a wish party. Lorenzo loved the soup so much that the Italian restaurant gave him a whole gallon to bring home. On top of everything he had purchased that day, Lorenzo also went home with gift cards and tickets to a Pitt basketball game.

As much as Lorenzo was hoping the day would never end, he could not wait to return home to try out his new purchases. For his family, it was a day that made up for all the rough times.

As a parent, I try and make sure Lorenzo leads a normal life and not as a sick child. However, the pressure on the family and Lorenzo to stay healthy by doing his treatments is an issue that we all have to deal with. The wish was the reward that made Lorenzo happy... ”

— Lorenzo's father

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