Ultimate skateboarding lesson with Tony Hawk

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“This is the best thing that has happened to Adam in a long time.”

Adam was diagnosed with a cyanotic heart defect before birth and underwent his first reconstructive heart surgery when he was 12 days old. His life-threatening illness is classified as transposition of the great vessels and changes the way blood circulates through the body. With this condition, the heart essentially pumps the opposite way it should, creating a shortage of oxygenated blood flowing from the heart to the rest of the body and preventing the body from functioning properly.

Doctors also fear that Adam suffers from an aortic condition where he risks an aortic aneurysm from too much activity. His aorta is too large and stretchy and risks blowing out on a regular basis. He was also born with severely clubbed feet, and as they continue to deteriorate, he is forced to wear painful leg braces.

Because of his heart’s fragile condition, Adam can’t always participate in his favorite hobby of skateboarding so he’s taken to watching his favorite skateboarder, Tony Hawk, get all the action. But thanks to Kids Wish Network, Adam was able to get in on the fun and meet his superstar athlete idol.

Adam was sent on an all-expense paid wish trip to spend the day with Tony Hawk and learn some valuable and safe skateboarding tips.

“We live day-to-day with Adam’s illness and it’s very stressful at times,” says Adam’s mom Yvonne. “Adam getting his wish is the best thing that has happened to him in a long time. We thank you all so very much, what you do for children is a wonderful thing.”

“Thank you so much for making my wish come true,” says Adam. “Man, it was fun.”

Adam is meeting with his surgeon again at the end of April. He will most likely undergo another heart surgery later this year to replace his aortic root and heart value.

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Name: Adam
Age: 8
State: FL
Illness: Transposition of the Great Vessels
Wish: Meet Tony Hawk
Wish Category: Celebrity

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