Meet the Washington Wizards’ newest player: Wish Kid Elijah

Elijah Taylor

“Elijah now thinks he’s an official member of the Wizards”

Wish Kid Elijah was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus, two life-threatening conditions. To treat the hydrocephalus, a shunt was implanted in his brain to drain the fluid. The shunt, however, caused Elijah to start having seizures and has also needed several revision surgeries over the years.

Elijah has suffered through multiple other sugeries; two bladder augmentation surgeries; one to help straighten the muscles in his legs, a result of spina bifida; and another to remove 100 stones from his bladder.

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As another result of spina bifida Elijah is wheelchair bound. He isn’t able to ride a bike or easily go to the park, but he does his best to remain positive and helpful. He loves to watch sports, especially basketball, so KWN couldn’t wait to give him an unforgettable experience.

Kids Wish Network worked with the Washington Wizards and Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation to give Elijah a Washington D.C. superstar experience. He was able to tour historical museums, ride in a limo, and be the VIP at a Wizards game.

Elijah got to meet player Bradley Beal, the Wizards’ cheerleaders, the mascot, was given a personalized jersey, sat in the team’s Presidential Suite, and got to take home player John Wall’s shoes.

Watch the incredible video produced by Monumental Network:

KWN would like to thank all the generous sponsors that helped make Elijah’s wish trip so spectacular:
• The Washington Wizards
• Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation
• Renaissance Washington D.C. Downtown Hotel
• Abes Limousine Service
• Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum
• Spy Museum
• East Coast Balloon Company, LLC
• Hello Cupcakes
• Daily Grill
• Ella’s Wood Fired Pizza
• The Jefferson Hotel Greenhouse Restaurant
• Prince George’s County Elks Lodge #1778

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Kids Wish Network is a 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.