Myrtle Beach, SC – A young man diagnosed with cancer gets the drum set of his dreams through a little help from Kids Wish Network.
As Drew settled down to his drums, the crowd roared and demanded a drum solo at the very start of the concert; he was only too happy to oblige them. The beat swelled in his mind and flew into the drumsticks clenched in his hands, the set swaying in rhythm. He was finally living his dream.
Just last year Drew was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a fast-growing, highly malignant cancerous tumor that lodges deep within the body’s soft tissues. Rhabdomyosarcoma often causes a noticeable lump on a child’s body and creates a multitude of symptoms depending on where the tumor is located. Drew has recently dealt with the pain of recent chemotherapy treatments to minimize the cancer; he has endured multiple sessions and is now beginning to use a wheelchair because of the weakness he is experiencing because of the chemotherapy. In addition, Drew is also autistic.
While in the hospital for yet another chemotherapy treatment, Drew’s doctors mentioned a charity called Kids Wish Network to Drew’s parents. This charity, whose goal is to make the dreams of children with life-threatening illnesses come true, was somewhere that his parents could turn to give Drew something to help him cope with all that he was dealing with. With the help of their friends, Drew’s family and Kids Wish Network set out to grant Drew’s wish.
According to his mother, Laureen, Drew loves music and has a particular fondness for the drums: “Drew has had a smaller drum set for about two years, but has been asking for one for longer!” His one wish was to have his very own full-size drum set. At Kids Wish Network, Wish Coordinator, Vanessa, and Wish Funding Specialist, Megan, worked tirelessly to give Drew exactly what he wanted. According to Laureen, “Vanessa was delighted to help with the drum set!” Finally, with the help of some outstanding sponsors, Drew was surprised with some large boxes that contained his wish.
“He loves his new drums! He was playing them as we were assembling them from the box when it arrived,” said his mother. Since they’ve been set up in his room, nothing can keep Drew from a concert consisting of drum solos. “He plays daily. Much of life is pretend to Drew. Every day there is a concert at our home, and Drew is the rock star!” His musical tastes are varied, but Drew has a particular fondness for the great rock bands including Styx, REO Speedwagon and Journey; he also drums along with Disney groups like Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers. In his room, he’ll jam out with any musical CD or DVD his fancy dictates.
Since their arrival at his house, Drew’s drums have brought him a world of pounding rhythms and driving beats that just make his heart soar. For granting her son’s fondest wish, Drew’s mother would like to extend special thanks to everyone who made it possible, especially Music Showcase, Inc., who provided the drums and everyone at Kids Wish Network.
Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following for helping to make Drew’s wish come true: Music Showcase, Inc., The Little River VFW and Wal-Mart.
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