BOONVILLE, NY – International children’s charity Kids Wish Network announced today that New Yorker Bailey Carpenter’s dream of meeting the New York Yankees has come true. Thanks to the Yankees and generous sponsors, Bailey traveled to Yankee Stadium for a VIP tour and to hang out with the team. Kids Wish Network is an international charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experienced life-altering situations.
“Making dreams come true for children struggling with life threatening illnesses gives them hope and bright, new memories that help them through painful treatments and long hospitalizations. With the generous support of donors and partner organizations like the New York Yankees, we are able to make a difference in the lives of tens of thousands of children every year,” said Anna Lanzatella, Executive Director of the Kids Wish Network.
Twelve year old Bailey’s dream has always been to play baseball for his favorite team, the New York Yankees. He’s maintained this dream despite having cystic fibrosis, a condition that clogs the lungs and leads to life threatening lung infections.
As an infant, Bailey suffered frequently from bouts of pneumonia and his doctors suspected an underlying condition; Bailey tested positive for cystic fibrosis. He frequently suffers from a variety of serious lung infections and is treated with a percussion vest and daily medications. He was also recently diagnosed with a pseudomonas infection and the cystic fibrosis puts such a strain on his immune system that he is having a hard time fighting the bacteria, even with treatments.
When Bailey was given the chance to have a wish granted through Kids Wish Network, he knew without hesitation exactly what he wanted: to meet the Yankees in person.
For his wish, Kids Wish Network arranged an all expenses paid trip from Syracuse to New York City for Bailey and his family that included a stay at the luxurious Roosevelt Hotel NYC, dinners at Pershing Square Restaurant and Serendipity3, along with tickets to the Yankees’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Bailey arrived at Yankee Stadium in a limousine and was given a personal tour of the stadium and the museum before being taken down onto the field to meet the team during warm-ups. Bailey warmed right up to the friendly players and loved talking all things baseball with them. Bailey was invited into the dugout and spent a long time chatting with second baseman Robinson Canó and center fielder Brett Gardner.
“They were just amazing,” said Bailey’s mother, Dionne Carpenter. “They talked to him about switch hitting and they really made a positive impact on him by inspiring him to fulfill his dream of being a Yankees player, even with his illness.”
The Yankees gave Bailey two signed baseballs and a bunch of Yankees gear; he could not stop smiling. It was the perfect ending to his wish when he watched the Yankees take the field for the big game and conquer the Arizona Diamondbacks. Since his return home, Bailey talks of nothing but his meeting with the Yankees.
“Kids Wish Network made my child so immensely happy,” said Dionne. “I had tears in my eyes to see him so happy in the dugout. I can’t thank you enough for all that you’ve given him. He’ll never forget it.”
Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following for making Bailey’s wish so spectacular: New York Yankees, Roosevelt Hotel NYC, Pershing Square Restaurant, US Limousine, and Serendipity3.
For more information on Kids Wish Network, visit www.kidswishnetwork.org.
Every child deserves a chance at happiness; a wish is 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.