OWENSBORO – Brennan is a rambunctious 5-year-old who loves the Rugrats, his dogs Brandy and Cowboy Dog and the movie Toy Story II. At his age his days should be filled with fun school games and times with friends, but Brennan’s childhood is anything but fun and games. In 1999 he was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia, and since then has spent a great part of his life receiving chemotherapy treatments, visiting doctors and being administered a variety of medications through a port. Besides dealing with tedious treatments and painful testing, it is tough being a child who must adjust to such dramatic hair loss considering many kids at school get teased for just getting a haircut.
When Wish Coordinator Terri McConn of Kids Wish Network was contacted about Brennan’s wish to “get pied” in the face on Nickelodeon’s show Slime Time, she made it appear as if it was easy as pie to make his only dream come true. Not only would Brennan receive his just desserts, but Terri would soon be sending Brennan and his family on a vacation to Florida to experience the fun of its many amusement parks, and to share special moments at Give Kids the World in Kissimmee, a magical resort full of laughter, joy and hugs, catering to the unique needs of families who have children with life threatening illnesses.
Once at Give Kids the World, Brennan and his family ate at the resort’s whimsical restaurants and took part in all the fun-filled activities offered to all of its guests. “The boys just loved the village,” said Brennan’s Mom, Lisa. “It was hard to get them to leave to go to the parks, but once they did they had a great time!”
During their vacation the family enjoyed a full Orlando experience, visiting Walt Disney World theme parks, Sea World and Universal Studios. “I got a pie in my face!” said an excited Brennan describing his favorite part of his wish visiting Nickelodeon’s Slime Time. Lisa said, “It was hysterical when Brennan decided that he wanted to put the pie in his own face rather than have someone else do it. He absolutely loved it!” All attractions were compliments of Kids Wish Network and Give Kids the World. American Airlines provided roundtrip airfare for Brennan and his family. “Everything went so smoothly,” said Lisa. “Kids Wish Network couldn’t have done anything to make the wish any better.”
While Brennan presently faces 22 more months of chemotherapy along with the uncertain challenges of battling his illness, his family will always cherish the wish they shared together, when everything was absolutely perfect – in “Brennan’s World”.
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.