DELTONA, Fla. – A boy with a life-threatening illness gets the wish of his life when he visits Washington D.C., with a little help from Kids Wish Network.
Some signs speak louder than others; the sign in Kevin’s doctor’s office spoke volumes to his mother, Jan. It advertised Kids Wish Network, a charity which grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses. Here was the chance to finally give something special to her son, who had suffered so much.
At birth, Kevin was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. This is a condition in which the immune system begins to fail, leading to life-threatening opportunistic infections and he is on a strict daily medication regimen because of it. In addition, Kevin has a curvature of the spine called scoliosis, for which he has endured surgery to correct it and relieve the pain.
To Kids Wish Network Wish Coordinator, Jill, Kevin made it known that he wanted to visit the nation’s capital. With the help of Wish Funding Specialist Megan and some special sponsors, Jill made sure that Kevin would have the time of his life in Washington D.C.
“It was great,” said Kevin of his wish trip. “It was all good…hard to pick a favorite thing.”
“Jill did an awesome job! Everything went so smoothly; everything was perfectly timed,” said Kevin’s mom, Jan. “She really picked out things she thought Kevin would enjoy!”
The things that Jill organized for Kevin and his family to enjoy included a guided tour of the White House, a tour around the National Mall, a guided trip to the Smithsonian and an exclusive visit to the pandas at the National Zoo as well as much more. She even arranged for their dinners!
“I felt spoiled,” said Kevin of his specially guided tours and especially an evening at the BluePoint Restaurant, which opened its doors just for Kevin and his family, excluding all others.
“It was closed for everybody but Kevin…I was in tears. Everyone there made it so special,” said Jan.
Kevin was thrilled along with his little brother at witnessing, up close and personally, real pieces of history at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. “We learned a lot there,” said Kevin. A particular favorite of his was Lindbergh’s “Spirit of the St. Louis” that was suspended from the ceiling.
“Words just can’t describe how much fun we had,” said Jan. “It was all really, really good…I just can’t describe it all!”
For making Kevin’s wish come true, Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following: Elks Lodge 1463, Palm Coast VFW, Dandy Restaurant Cruise Ships, Chef Geoff’s Downtown, National Zoo, Old Ebbitt Grill, Willard Intercontinental Washington D.C., BluePoint Restaurant, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Orlando International Airport, National Park Service Washington D.C., Red Top Executive Sedan, Limousine Services LLC and John L. Mica- Member of Congress-7th District, Florida.
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