NICHOLASVILLE-Seventeen-year-old Scott, nicknamed Boogie, has the same likes as a lot of teens: he loves the rock band Creed, the movie Varsity Blues, and hanging out with his brother and his best friends. But he is also an avid fan of baseball, with the St. Louis Cardinals topping his list. Unfortunately, Scott will never get to drive in the game winning run, make a diving catch or show off his home run trot like his heroes. He must rely on a wheelchair because he suffers from spina bifida, paralysis, hydrocephalus, and migraines. He has had 43 operations in 14 years, ranging from hip surgery to several shunt replacements, said his mother, Lisa. “But he just kicks right back. He knows he has to deal with it.” She said for the most part, he’s just a typical teenager.
So when Wish Coordinator Melissa North of Kids Wish Network heard about this remarkable young man and his wish to go to Disney World, she quickly got Scott an invitation for some much needed fun in the sun. Not only would he and his family get to enjoy Disney and other exciting Orlando amusement parks, they would soon be sharing special moments at Give Kids the World in Orlando, Florida, a magical resort full of laughter, joy and hugs, catering to the special needs of families who have children with life threatening illnesses.
While at Give Kids the World, Scott and his family ate at the resort’s whimsical restaurants, and took part in all of the fun filled activities offered to its guests like the train that takes the visitors around the park and the Safari Theatre that shows family classics. “He really loved the village. The ice cream parlor and the arcade were his favorite parts,” Lisa said.
During their vacation, the family enjoyed a full Orlando experience, visiting Walt Disney World theme parks, Universal Studios and Sea World. “Scott really enjoyed Universal Studios the best,” Lisa said. All attractions were compliments of Give Kids the World and Kids Wish Network.
“The whole trip went really well. We all had a great time,” Lisa said. She said it just didn’t seem like it was long enough because their days were so busy. But now, no matter what challenges this young man may face in the future, he and his family will always be able to look back to a time in their memories where everything was perfect and dreams came true.
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 of a child between the ages of 3 and 18 who may be in need of Kids Wish Network’s wish granting services, please call (813) 891-9374 or toll free at (888) 918-9004. You can also visit Kids Wish Network’s web site at www.kidswishnetwork.org.