BALTIMORE – Spencer, age 13, of Baltimore, Maryland, has many of the same interests as other teens. He likes listening to Christina Aguilera, watching WWF wrestling and loves horseback riding. However, life for Spencer is quite different than most of the other kids he goes to school with. He has cerebral palsy, and must wear leg braces, needs the assistance of a walker and relies on a wheelchair when traveling greater distances.
As a teenager, it’s difficult not to have the ability to play with other kids, who can skate, scooter and ride a bike. When Wish Coordinator Kara Stecker of Kids Wish Network was contacted about Spencer’s personalized wish for a laptop computer, she quickly “computed” how to bring him a special dose of happiness and make his dream come true.
It wasn’t long before Spencer’s personalized wish arrived at his house. It was such an exciting day for him. “When the computer arrived, Spencer was smiling from ear to ear,” said Mary, Spencer’s Mom. Spencer received a laptop computer, color printer and Internet access for an entire year.
Having a computer helps Spencer to be just as active as other kids, enabling him to transform himself into computer game characters who can run, jump and race. Internet access makes it possible for Spencer to travel to faraway places and explore the world around him that he may never have the capability to visit firsthand.
Now that Spencer’s wish has come true, he continues to enjoy his new computer where he can get away from it all and enjoy just being a kid – in the playground of his mind.
Kids Wish Network is a nationally recognized non-profit organization whose mission is to grant wishes to children who have life-threatening illnesses. If you know a child between the ages of 3 and 18 who may be in need of their wish granting services, please call (813)891-9374 or toll free at (888)918-9004. You can also visit its web site at www.kidswishnetwork.org.