Recently, Madeline Robinson, a wish coordinator for Kids Wish Network, “raced” into action when she heard about a 10-year-old boy whose only wish was to meet racecar driver Rusty Wallace. Allen says he’s his biggest fan.
When Allen was eight months old, he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. For someone so young, he has spent too many hours in doctors’ offices undergoing rigorous tests, treatments and physical therapy. Today, he is confined to a wheelchair and needs the assistance of a caretaker. After all Allen has been through, he still maintains a positive and rambunctious attitude, and even admits to being a little mischievous.
As a fifth grader, Allen enjoys many of the same things as other boys his age. He loves collecting NASCAR trading cards, listening to rock bands Motley Crue and Limp Bizkit, watching the WWF and playing video games on his Playstation. Uncharacteristic of other boys his age, Allen even loves helping his mom around the house. Allen is well liked by other children and is always surrounded by a large group of his friends.
Allen’s wish was just fulfilled. Allen, along with his parents and sister, were special guests of Bristol Motor Speedway and were given VIP treatment when they attended a real NASCAR race. But, for Allen, the biggest thrill came when he met his all time favorite hero Rusty Wallace. “Rusty was great!” he said.
“Allen’s face just lit up the second he saw Rusty,” Madeline said. “Rusty Wallace and his whole team were absolutely fantastic.” Allen even got to hang with Rusty’s pit crew during practice.
For the weekend wish, a minivan was provided by A&A Van and RV Rentals for travel accommodations, taxi service was offered by Yellow Cab, two meals were enjoyed compliments of the Cracker Barrel and hotel accommodations provided by the Best Western Biltmore West. National Car Rental provided Madeline with transportation for the weekend. “Our wish sponsors were so great,” Madeline said. “Kathy from Yellow Cab even made a picture collage for Allen upon his arrival. Without our sponsors, a lot of children would never get their wishes.”
Although Allen’s future is uncertain, he’ll always remember the special weekend he shared with his family when he felt like “he was in the driver’s seat.”
Kids Wish Network is a federally 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 wish granting services, please call (813)891-9374 or toll free at (888)918-9004.