In the past month I have had three wishes that we consider “rush” wishes. These wishes have to be done very quickly due to the condition of the children’s health. These wishes are very intense because instead of the 45-60 day lead time we have just a few weeks or sometimes just a few days to plan the whole wish from beginning to end.
In the beginning of December I accompanied a young man, named Brandon from West Columbia, SC with Duchenne Muscular Dystropy to attend a WWE Wrestling event and meet his favorite wrestlers in Charleston, SC. The WWE arranged this meeting for Brandon. Allen from Carolina Wheelchair Getaways arranged for Brandon to have a wheelchair van delivered to his house. Mt. Pleasant Shuttle donated transportation for the wish coordinator to and from the airport. The Renaissance Charleston donated two lovely rooms for our stay. There were many more local businesses who contributed to make this wish memorable for Brandon.
Mid December I put a wish together for a little girl, named Elise from Cypress, TX.
Her condition is Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and her only wish was to go to Disney World and meet the princesses. Thanks to the Regal Sun Resort for coming to our rescue on such short notice. Not only did they provide a room for the family but they arranged for presents for Elise and her siblings! They also arranged for her to have a character breakfast while on her stay.
Late December I received another rush wish for a young man, named Tom from Mills River, NC. Tom has osteosarcoma and his number one wish was to go on a deep sea fishing trip in the Florida Keys. With less than a week notice, Captain Jimmie Gagliardini of High Caliber Sport Fishing Charters and Captain Dan Duimstra of Shark River Charters both agreed to take Tom and his family on two offshore fishing trips!
The Ocean Reef Club of Key Largo arranged for his hotel stay and many local restaurants provided dinners for the family. Alamo of Miami donated a car for the family and the day after Christmas, Tom’s wish was coming true!
I just want to say thanks to all our sponsors without whom none of this would have been possible! We can’t say enough good things about you and how you care for our kids! Have a very Happy New Year!
Jill (Wish Department)