Macomb, IL- Local boy, Joseph, gets his dream of having a shopping spree at Farm King granted through Kids Wish Network.
Joseph is your above-average twelve year old with a passion for the great outdoors and a love of math. This amazing boy has been through so much in his young life and yet, can maintain his outgoing and laid back attitude in the face of adversity. In October of last year, Joseph was diagnosed with nasopharyngeal angiofibroma. This condition results in a locally aggressive vascular head and neck tumor in juveniles. For Joseph, this tumor started in his head and traveled down to his nasal cavity. He has dealt with the pain of surgery to remove the tumor as well as various check-up and follow-up visits to the doctor. Later this year, Joseph will have to go in for another surgery to insert tubes in his ears to help him cope with his hearing loss, which is a less common symptom of the tumor.
When a friend’s grandmother called Kids Wish Network to refer Joseph for a wish, his mother, Cynthia, knew that this was the chance to give her resilient little boy something very special. Not too long after being referred, Joseph was assigned to Wish Coordinator, Vanessa. When asked what he wanted the most, Joseph decided to indulge his love for the outdoors life and asked to have a shopping spree at the biggest store with outdoors and farming gear you could want, Farm King! Wish Funding Specialist, Megan, called around and lined up some terrific sponsors for Joseph’s shopping spree, while Vanessa made sure that it was a trip full of great memories for Joseph.
From the start, Joseph was having a blast when Classic Thunder Limos came to pick him up from his house and take him to the local Farm King. According to Joseph, the limo that picked him up was “one of only 5 made” in the entire United States. He was so pleased to be riding in such a rare limousine! When he arrived at Farm King, he hardly knew where to start. According to his mother, Cynthia, Joseph was “just smiling all through the whole store.” Whatever he wanted, he picked up and put in his cart. He grabbed all the ‘outdoorsy’ goodies he could ever want, including a coat, coveralls, a deluxe animal call (or “holler”), and many other things that any little boy would love to have.
When he was finally done shopping, the day ended fantastically with dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings and a final limo ride home. Joseph was truly the star on his big day of shopping and the entire experience, for him, was “real fun!” So far, his favorite item is the deluxe animal “holler” that electronically emits all sorts of different animal calls; He loves to listen to the different sounds that they make. Truly, Joseph’s day at Farm King was a dream come true, all thanks to the people at Kids Wish Network and some very special sponsors.
Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following for helping to make Brandon’s wish come true: Buffalo Prairie Dental Care, The Attic, Aramark, Trinity Lutheran Church, Classic Thunder Limos, Buffalo Wild Wings and Farm King.
Kids Wish Network is a nationally recognized non-profit organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children. If you know a child between the ages of 3 and 18 who may be in need of its wish granting services, please call 727-937-3600 or toll free 888-918-9004. For more information on Kids Wish Network, visit their website at www.kidswishnetwork.org