Redford Township, MI – Six-year-old Ashante of Redford Township has Rett Syndrome. Rett Syndrome is a progressive neurological disorder that primarily affects girls and causes severe seizures, irregular breathing episodes and scoliosis. Other complications of Rett Syndrome include difficulty with swallowing and sleeping and problems with blood circulation and maintaining a normal body temperature. Ashante must be monitored carefully and attends frequent physical and occupational therapy sessions.
Recently, this courageous little girl received a very special gift from her friends at Kids Wish Network, an organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses. One of the charity’s professional fundraisers had contacted a close relative who then referred Ashante to the organization for a possible wish. When Ashante’s parents, Crystal and Damian, found out later that Ashante had indeed been approved, they were ecstatic. Ashante was pretty pleased too!
Ashante wanted her very own computer for her wish. Kids Wish Network Wish Coordinator, Jill, got right to work making phone calls. Judy Lynn Software, Inc. was happy to donate special needs software and Wan Solutions not only donated the computer but is also providing a year of Internet service free of charge.
Before Ashante’s computer even arrived however, she received a very special surprise in the mail: a huge box filled to the top with toys, dolls and games that Jill had picked out for her. The toys came courtesy of Kids Wish Network’s Distribution Center and are donated to the charity by some of America’s top toy manufacturers.
Damian said that Ashante is thrilled with her computer and has been spending much of her free time playing on it. “She’s always wanting to go in the computer room,” he laughed. She’s especially crazy about the piano keyboard that she got in her gift box and which can be plugged into the computer’s monitor. “She really loves that!” said Damian.
Damian was incredibly grateful to Jill and Kids Wish Network for everything they did for his daughter. “She’s definitely enjoying it. She just loves it!”
Kids Wish Network would like to thank Judy Lynn Software, Inc. and Wan Solutions for helping to make Ashante’s wish come true.