FARMINGTON, Ill. (MMD Newswire) November 22, 2010 — National children’s charity Kids Wish Network partnered with local groups to grant the wish of a 5-year-old little boy battling a life-threatening illness.
Liam is a triplet who was born at 27 weeks. Along with his brother and sister, Liam spent the first three-and-a-half months in the hospital. His early birth resulted in the diagnosis of cerebral palsy, asthma and chronic lung disease. The illnesses have left Liam unable to walk, sit, crawl or use his hands. His speech is limited and because of his lung condition, even the simplest cold goes straight to his lungs landing him in the hospital for prolonged periods of time. Because of the early birth, Liam’s twin brother Ethan also suffers from cerebral palsy, but his sister Zoe is a normal 5-year-old little girl.
When a family acquaintance received a phone call from a professional fundraiser for Kids Wish and was asked if she knew of any children with life-threatening medical conditions, the friend referred Liam to Kids Wish Network.
“She is my step-mother’s sister-in-law and I have never met her,” said Trista, Liam’s mother.
Once Liam was referred to Kids Wish and the paperwork was submitted, it wasn’t long before a wish coordinator contacted Trista and began going over the process of confirming Liam’s wish.
“He is able to talk somewhat and the only way I could really get him to focus enough and make him realize that a person was going to give him what he wanted was by pulling up pictures on line and letting him choose what seemed like more fun,” Trista said.
Trista said it was a “such a surprise” when Liam told his wish coordinator that he wanted to see Goofy.
That was out of the blue because I didn’t know he really liked Goofy. He also said he wanted see Donald Duck which was odd as well,” she said.
Kids Wish teamed up with local Farmington groups and sent Liam and his family on the wish trip to Disneyland in California. The family visited the parks and also got a VIP 5-hour tour at the San Diego Zoo. Trista said that even though Liam’s wish was for the theme parks, she thinks he and the whole family enjoyed the zoo the most.
“He got to see all his favorite animals and feed giraffes. Liam loves all animals and to be that close to them was so fun for him. All the kids really loved it,” she said.
Trista said the trip was something that she and her family would not have been able to do without Kids Wish.
“We would have had to save up for ten years for this kind of experience. We definitely want to thank Kids Wish for giving us the opportunity. There aren’t many places out there that give kids a chance to do something like this and I think it’s amazing that there are people out there that give these kids the chance to do this,” she said.
Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following for helping to make Liam’s wish extra special: American Legion Auxiliary Bartonville #979, VFW Post 1255 Princeville Gold Star Post, San Diego Zoo, Disneyland, Disneyland’s California Adventure, Fuddruckers, Red Robin, Fairfield Inn Anaheim Disneyland Resort, Farmer Boys, Holiday Inn St. Louis Airport, Midway Car Rental
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. For more information on Kids Wish Network, visit their website at www.kidswishnetwork.org