MEMPHIS-Getting a drivers license, going on date, and hanging out with friends are the typical concerns of a sixteen-year-old. But for a special young man named Cortney, these things are the least of his worries; Cortney suffers from cancer. He was diagnosed with a form of kidney cancer called Wilms’ tumor not that long ago. If not caught in time, the tumor can become quite large and spread to other organs in the body. “It hit him hard when he found out,” his mother Gwyenn said. “But he’s handling it better now.” Cortney tries not to let this stop him from enjoying his youth and other things in life. He likes the group NSYNC, the actor Martin Lawrence, eating chicken wings (very hot!), and spending time with his pet duck, Mr. Quack.
So when Wish Coordinator Terri McConn of Kids Wish Network was contacted about this determined young man, she quickly jumped into action and made Cortney’s wish of owning a computer and some games a dream come true. Not only did Kids Wish Network give him a desktop computer, they also supplied him with a brand new desk to keep it on. His new electronic dream also came equipped with a joystick, driving and police chase games, a printer and Internet access for an entire year. “He’s just crazy about it,” Gwyenn said. “He loves the pictures and the music the most, but he’s just going through all of it.”’
Cortney just underwent his last chemotherapy treatment, so he has been quite sick as of late and hasn’t been able to test out all the workings of his new computer system. “He hasn’t done any school work on it yet,” Gwyenn said. “But he wants to get out of bed and get on it so bad. He doesn’t want to share it with anybody! He loves it so much.”
However uncertain Cortney’s future may be, he keeps a positive attitude and doesn’t want to stop moving forward. “The chemo made him really sick and he lost a lot of weight,” Gwyenn said. “But he’s trying to walk with his walker now and he’s in occupational therapy.” And now with his new computer, not only will he be able to keep up with his studies when he feels better, but he can also keep up with his friends and hobbies, and try to focus on just being a teenager.
Kids Wish Network would like to thank OfficeMax in Germantown, TN for graciously donating Cortney’s new desk and helping to make his wish complete.
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.