At around 11-months-old, a blood test confirmed that little Joseph suffered from a neuromuscular disease called spinal muscular atrophy. This condition progressively weakens the voluntary muscles involved in activities such as walking, speaking, swallowing and breathing. Because of this, 6-year-old Joseph has never walked, can’t sit up and has no control over the muscles that hold up his head. He has endured surgery to correct a reflux disorder in his stomach and must be fed primarily via G-tube. While he sleeps, Joseph must use a BiPAP Machine to assist his breathing.
For his wish, Joseph wanted to experience some real life magic at the theme parks in Orlando, Florida and while they were there, they visited SeaWorld, Universal Studios, the Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Everything fascinated Joseph and he loved nothing more than watching the colorful, interactive parades at the Disney Resort; he especially loved the way his favorite characters walked right up to him to greet him during the parades.
“As we were leaving, Joseph stated that he loved Disney World. He liked the parades most of all, especially the very first one when the characters came up to him,” said Joseph’s mother.
During their final night in Orlando, Joseph’s Kids Wish Network wish coordinator had even arranged for the family to attend the Pirate’s Dinner Adventure, an interactive dinner theater show. According to Joseph’s dad, if he had to pick something that his little boy loved best about the wish trip, it would be the Pirate’s Dinner Adventure: “He was really excited throughout the whole thing…he loved it.”