WAUSEON, Ohio – With the help of national children’s charity Kids Wish Network and some outstanding local sponsors, a local boy was granted his one and only wish.
Dalton is a determined, social 11-year-old boy who is living with not one, but two life-threatening conditions. At just 5-months-old, Dalton was diagnosed with having a selective antibody immune deficiency, and had to have a port installed to receive medication to protect his body from infection. In 2006, he was diagnosed with having type 1 diabetes. He relies on an insulin pump to regulate his glucose levels and must be closely monitored at all times.
Just recently, Dalton was granted a wish through national charity Kids Wish Network. His wish was to travel to California and visit the beaches. While Kids Wish Network was planning his wish and making arrangements for this special moment in Dalton’s life, the charity reached out to local Wauseon organizations to see if they wanted to sponsor a portion of Dalton’s wish.
Kids Wish Network was lucky to come across some amazing sponsors in the Wauseon area. The American Legion Post 300, American Legion Post 557, Moose Family Center 788-Napolean, St. Caspar Catholic Church and VFW Post 7424 Wauseon Post all contributed to Dalton’s wish and played a major role in putting a smile on his face.
Dalton’s wish to travel to Laguna Beach, Calif. included surf lessons, a dolphin and whale tour, VIP attendance at the 2010 Hurley Pro surf competition, dinners, accommodations at the amazing Montage Laguna Beach hotel, a rental car, round-trip flights and even spending money. Kids Wish Network also was fortunate enough to come across some awesome sponsors in California who added to Dalton’s special experience.
Midway Car Rental in Los Angeles made sure Dalton and his family arrived in style while in Laguna. Amy at K’Ya Bistro, a California restaurant located on the rooftop of the Casa del Camino hotel, pulled out all the stops arranging for Dalton to attend the Hurley Pro and even hang out with some professional surfers. The surfers hooked Dalton up with tons of new Billabong surf clothes and gear to take back home.
While Kids Wish Network is determined to fulfill the wishes of children facing life-threatening illnesses, their mission would not be obtainable without the help of such outstanding sponsors.
Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following for helping to make Dalton’s wish extra special: American Legion Post 300, American Legion Post 557, Moose Family Center 788-Napolean, St. Caspar Catholic Church and VFW Post 7424 Wauseon Post, Montage Hotel and Spa- Kasey & Laura
Midway Car Rental- Beth, Dana Wharf Sport Fishing- Sheri, K’ya Bistro- Amy, Ruby’s Diner- Carey, Billabong- Josh, and Soul Surfing School- Chris
Kids Wish Network is a national charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experienced life-altering situations. Kids Wish Network assists children and their families through several key programs. Every child deserves a chance at happiness; a wish is just a way of bringing them that joy. If you would like to sponsor a child’s wish or if you know a child who is suffering from a life-threatening illness and may be in need of Kids Wish Network’s wish granting services, please call 727-937-3600 or toll free 888-918-9004.