ELGIN, Ok. (MMD Newswire) November 16, 2010 — A boy suffering from a debilitating illness has his wish for a tropical cruise granted in high style, thanks to Kids Wish Network and local sponsors.
Sometimes, all it takes is a simple phone call to turn a dream into reality; in 13-year-old Spencer’s case, this is exactly what happened when a Kids Wish Network professional fundraiser made a call to his home.
E’Lise, Spencer’s mother, answered and the caller asked if she knew of any children with life-threatening illnesses who may qualify for a wish, so she told the caller about her son, Spencer, who was diagnosed with vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.
Vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is a disease that makes the body’s blood vessels and organs prone to tearing. In addition, Spencer also has bilateral hip dysplasia and has suffered through reconstructive hip surgery for this condition. After the surgery, Spencer was in a full body cast for six weeks and had to endure yet another surgery to remove the rods, screws and plates in his femurs. Spencer bruises very easily because of his condition and will most likely have to have his hips replaced in the future.
According to his father, Greg, once Spencer was approved to have a wish granted and a Kids Wish Network wish coordinator asked what his wish was, Spencer responded that a tropical cruise would do wonders for him and his family; that’s exactly what he got.
“It was the first cruise any of us had ever been on,” said Greg. “Everybody really enjoyed it and they treated him [Spencer] like a prince…he really got the royal treatment.”
However, for Spencer, that “royal treatment” wasn’t just reserved for the Carnival cruise to the Bahamas; it was also present when they checked into the Grand Hyatt DFW before flying to Fla. to catch their cruise. There, Spencer and his family were treated to the presidential suite, which surprised them all.”They treated us very well there,” said Greg of the Grand Hyatt DFW. “It felt like being a movie star or something. It was great!”
Once on the cruise, the captain and crew gave Spencer and his family “100 percent VIP treatment” as they gave them tours; brought them backstage after the show on their first night at sea; and even sent milk and cookies for the family to enjoy every night.
In the Bahamas, Spencer had a blast swimming with dolphins and playing on the waterslides at the Atlantis resort with his family; it was like living in a fantasy world. Of course, now that they’re home, it’s a bit like waking up from a wonderful dream: “Ok. Back to reality, fantasy’s over!
“We couldn’t ask for anything more. He’ll remember this forever…they’ll be talking about this [trip] for a long time.”
Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following for helping to make Spencer’s wish extra special: Sheriff Kenny Stradley, St. Ann’s Church, Hobart Lions Club,Carnival Cruise Lines, Access Line Transportation, Grand Hyatt DFW, Radisson Resort at the Port, Funntasia Mini Golf, Kelsey’s Pizzeria, Papa Vito’s and Ron Jon Surf Shop.