One local boy’s wish came true last week thanks to the Kids Wish Network.
Bobby Keith Bastian, 11 of Wiley, received a new laptop and a year’s worth of internet service from CenturyLink.
In the summer of 2009, Bastian was diagnosed with having Hereditary Spherocytosis, which is a disorder of the red blood cells. The disease caused him to have a drastically low red blood cell count which required a complete blood transfusion. In addition, Bastian suffered through a surgery to remove his spleen. Because of his condition, Bastian’s immune system is dangerously weak and he is on a rigorous daily medication regimen.
Bastian’s mother, Deborah Bastian, said that while her son had been sick for several years, determining the cause of the illness continually alluded the boy’s doctors until last summer. “He was walking around one weak, sick little boy for all those years and we didn’t know.”
She said that following local blood tests last year, it was initially thought that the boy had leukemia and was rushed to Denver Children’s Hospital. Once there, it was determined that Bastian suffered from the rare hereditary disease and the child was taken into surgery to have his spleen removed.
“Denver Children’s Hospital is a wonderful place and they are there for those children and you could not ask for a better place. It is really a blessing,” said Deborah Bastian.
“Bobby is very overwhelmed by the gratitude and the giving that he has received from the foundation and is really appreciative of the things he has received,” said the boy’s mother.
Bastian said her child, who is a big fan of science, asked for a laptop and internet connectivity so he could focus on his school work. “That was his main goal, to get back and feeling better so he could get his science work done. He’s a really excited child.”
In addition to having his wish granted for a laptop, Bastian has decided to give back to others who are suffering. He has been saving money to purchase a toy to give to Children’s Hospital.
Kids Wish Network is a 501 C 3 non-profit organization dedicated to granting the wishes of children between the ages of 3 and 18 who are living with life threatening illnesses. Its mission is to fulfill the last wishes of children who may never have the opportunities that most people take for granted.