Cal City cancer patient gets wish

CALUMET CITY | The Kids Wish Network, a national children’s charity, recently granted the wish of a Calumet City cancer patient for a new computer.

At the end of last year, Tyrell Smith, 18, felt he had a cold. As the cold worsened, he went to the hospital. After completing a biopsy, his doctors diagnosed him with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the white blood cells.

He stayed in the hospital for more than 20 days and has undergone several rounds of chemotherapy with many more to go. Because of his cancer, Smith has missed months of school and must regularly endure chest and CT scans.

Smith was referred to the national children’s charity Kids Wish Network by a family friend. When asked by a Kids Wish Network representative what he wished for, he said he would like a laptop computer.

With the help of RadioShack Corp., Smith received his laptop and other surprises, including a limousine ride to his favorite store, DTLR. There, he received a gift card to shop for new clothes. As an extra surprise, Calumet City Alderman Antoine Collins handed Smith tickets to a Chicago Bulls game.

Others contributing to the wish included Dreams Inc., Lexmark, J&M Limousine and Outback Steakhouse.

For more information on the Kids Wish Network, call (727) 937-3600 or toll-free at (888) 918-9004, or visit

NWI Times
Calumet City, Illinois
Published: 11/25/2010

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