Today is the final day of WZPRs Make-A-Wish request-a-thon and we couldn’t be more excited about all the generosity we have seen. As our corporate charity for almost ten years now, Make-A-Wish is very near and dear to our hearts. In 2015, MISO employees granted the wishes of seven children in the MISO footprint who suffer from life threatening illnesses on a daily basis. In support of these miraculous children and the wonderful work of Make-A-Wish, we thought we would dedicate this week’s blog to our 2015 Wish Kids.
One of wishes we granted for our wish kids, Nigel, is not shown below because his wish remains top-secret until he gets home from the hospital!!
MISO’s first 2015 Wish Kid, Jordan, is an active and quick-witted 13 yr. old. Jordan suffers from Aplastic anemia, a disease in which the bone marrow, and the blood stem cells that reside there, are damaged. This causes a deficiency of all three blood cell types: red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.
“Jordan didn’t even have to think twice when deciding on his wish: to go to a soccer game in Spain. He specifically wants to see Barcelona play. Jordan loves soccer and Barcelona is one of the best teams in the world, so this really is a dream come true! However, Jordan especially wants to go to Spain to meet the soccer player Messi who has a growth disorder just like Jordan. He cannot wait to get to Spain and have this amazing experience!”
Ulani loves everything Disney so it was no surprise when she announced her wish to go on a Disney cruise. At just six years old, Ulani has had to deal with more than most ever will. Ulani suffers from Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, LGS. LGS is a difficult-to-treat form of childhood-onset epilepsy. It is characterized by frequent seizures and it is often accompanied by developmental delay and psychological and behavioral problems.
Justice is an active and adventurous 17 year old girl. She loves boating and amusement parks, exploring trails and playing basketball. However, Jordan suffers from Cystic Fibrosis, an autosomal recessive genetic disorder that affects most critically the lungs. However, it also affects the pancreas, liver, and intestine. In order to help her lungs, Justice uses a breathing machine at times.
Justice’s wish was to visit the beautiful city of Chicago. Having never been before, Justice wanted to experience two of Chicago’s greatest attractions – Wrigley Field and Michigan Ave! For Justice, a trip to Chi-town was just what the doctor ordered!
Ten yr. old Parker is smart and inquisitive and driven. In fact, Parker is part of Mensa, the high IQ Society. Parker loves swimming, watching sports, especially soccer and spending time with his family and friends. Sadly, Parker suffers from neuroblastoma, which is where a solid tumor is formed by special nerve cells called neuroblasts.
Parker’s wish was to explore Australia. Specifically, Parker was interested in the Great Barrier Reef and the Pink Lake. He was also excited to see the many different animals Australia has to offer. Not only does Australia provide a relaxing atmosphere, it is also a place where Parker and grow his intellect. We can’t wait to see the pictures from Parker’s trip down under!
Eleven year old Daniel is a Lego fanatic with a dream to play in a sea of Legos and ride rollercoasters! However, Daniel suffers from a genetic blood disorder that keeps him close to home most of the time. Thanks to MISO employees, Daniel was able to live his dream during a trip to LEGOLAND California Resort where he was able to bask in Legos and ride till he dropped!
Emacus is just 2 ½ years and suffers from retinoblastoma, a rare form of eye cancer. Emacus wishes to visit Walt Disney World where he can meet his favorite character, Elmo. He also plans to meet Mickey Mouse and ride the rides and visit the beach.