LANSFORD, Penn. – A teen battling cancer has his wish to visit his older brother in California granted with a few extra surprises.
Some kids wish for trips to Disney World. Others want to enjoy a shopping spree. Casey just wanted to hang out with his older brother.
Casey was just your average active teenager when he was injured while wrestling. He was sent to a specialist for his calf injury and the doctor found something unexpected: Casey had a cancerous tumor in his calf. He was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a malignant cancer of the bones and soft tissues.
Casey was treated with 14 rounds of chemotherapy and 35 days of radiation therapy. In the end, the doctors removed the tumor and Casey was hospitalized for some time.
While he was in the hospital, a social worker told him about Kids Wish Network, a charity dedicated to granting the wishes of kids and teens suffering from life-threatening illnesses like Casey’s. He decided to give them a call.
It was to Wish Coordinator Jill that Casey entrusted his wish to meet his older brother, who lives in Sacramento, California. His brother, David, “has lived there practically his whole life,” says Casey. The two don’t get a chance to be together very often.
With the help of Wish Funding Specialist Doris and some outstanding local sponsors, Jill set to work planning an itinerary packed with plenty of things for the brothers to enjoy together during Casey’s wish trip to California. In addition to accommodations, Jill arranged for Casey and David to spend lots of time experiencing all sorts of different things like a Murder Mystery Dinner, a helicopter tour of Lake Tahoe, a sleigh ride, a gondola trip up a mountain, a trip to the Sacramento Zoo, limo rides and even a Lakers game!
“It was a great holiday and vacation,” said Casey. “I liked it all…it was fun.”
Some of the best experiences for Casey, besides meeting up with his brother were the Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre, the trip to the Sacramento Zoo, riding in the limo, touring in the helicopter and riding a gondola up a mountain. In other words, he enjoyed everything; however, his favorite experience was going to the Lakers game.
“I’ve been a Lakers fan for awhile,” said Casey. “That was THE BEST experience of the whole trip…they went into double overtime AND the Lakers won! And we were picked up in a limo. That was great.”
Though all the activities were fun in and of themselves, Casey enjoyed them even more because he got to experience everything with David.
“We had a bunch of days just to hang out,” he said. “I’m very glad to be home, but I still miss it. It was a great trip all around.”
Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following for helping to make Casey’s wish extra special: American Legion Post 123, Choice 1 Federal Credit Union, Fraternal Order of Orioles Nest 183, Hills Machine Shop Inc., Krajcirik Automotive, Jim Thorpe National Bank, Valley Athletic Supply, All Phase Masonry, Silberline MFG Inc., ARCO Arena, Elite Limousine of Sacramento, Park Tahoe Inn, Heavenly Mountain Resort, HeliTahoe, Riva Grill on the Lake, Suspects Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre, Borges Sleigh Rides, Hard Rock Café Lake Tahoe, Original Mels Diner, Hornblower Cruises & Events, Sacramento Zoo and the California State Military Museum.
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. Kids Wish Network is especially proud of their “Guardian Angel Fund”, which uses 100% of its contributions to support the wish granting program. If you know a child between the ages of 3 and 18 who may be in need of wish granting services, or would like to contribute to a child’s wish, 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
Written by: Editorial Staff