AMERICUS, Ga.– A little boy with muscular dystrophy has a dream shopping spree with a little help from Kids Wish Network.
Everyone was there to enjoy the festivities as Juan enjoyed a day’s worth of shopping and activities, including members of the press, his family and even his principal and teacher. He was definitely the star of this day.
When he was just two, Juan was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy; he is the third in his family with this diagnosis. Duchenne is one of the most progressive forms of muscular dystrophy and is characterized by extremely rapid deterioration of the muscles. The disease begins by primarily affecting the legs and pelvis and later affects the entire body. Juan has endured multiple surgeries for his feet and is already wheelchair dependent.
Through Juan’s aunt, who donates to Kids Wish Network, Juan’s mother, Katy, decided to give them a call and tell them about her brave little boy. It wasn’t long before Juan had his very own Wish Coordinator, named Jen, who said that they could fulfill his wish. With the help of Wish Funding Specialist, Megan, and some very special sponsors, Jen set out to make Juan’s dream of having his very own private Wal-Mart shopping spree come true.
For Jen, the entire city of Americus did not let Juan’s wish did not stop at a simple shopping spree: Juann’s wish included the chance to sit in and rev up a real racecar, a DJ, a cake, a gift basket and plenty of other goodies and surprises to keep him entertained for months to come!
That day, a beautiful limo from Wiley Limousine Service arrived to pick him up for a trip to Wal-Mart for his big day of shopping. Waiting for him were some representatives of the local media, plenty of smiling faces and even the mayor! Once he got into the shopping mode, Juan could hardly control his excitement: “He shopped for about three hours,” said Katy of her little boy. “He had an awesome time.”
According to his mother, Juan bought everything but clothes. Only some of the things he picked out for himself were Playstation 3 games for his system at home, toy cars, a Nintendo DS, games for that and movies galore. “He’s telling everyone about all that he got,” said Katy.
Juan’s wish was just what he wanted and then some, said Katy. “Jen was awesome” in organizing such a great wish and everyone couldn’t have done any better for her wonderful little boy.
Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following for helping to make Juan’s wish extra special: Austin Urethane, Inc., Fresh Plants, Inc., Americus Lions Club, Woodmen of the World, Wiley Limousine Service and the Albany Racetrack.
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