Monty is 1 in 17 million, literally. He was like most healthy nine-year-old boys, until his mom noticed the whites of his eyes turning yellow for no apparent reason. Within 12 hours, he was admitted to Children's Hospital and was moved to the top of the U.S. transplant list. He needed a liver and he needed it quickly.
Thankfully, he received a life-saving liver transplant, but not without slipping into a coma first.
He was hospitalized for weeks, but is now on the long road to recovery. Each day, he takes 40 pills, he goes to the hospital for weekly blood draws and is working on regaining his emotion and physical strength. His family’s lives have also forever changed. Work schedules have shifted, finances are tight and their home has to be cleaned every day to mitigate Monty's risk of infection.
That's why Make-A-Wish is so important to them. "Make-A-Wish takes the pressure off…it gives us something to look forward to," said his mom, Robin.
While Monty awaits his wish to go to Legoland and meet Master Builders, his wish-granting volunteers are constantly keeping he and his family engaged by sending him special gifts and surprises. These gifts have come from our Giving Tree program and make a difference in the lives of wish kids and their families.
The program is simple:
- Sign up to host a tree, a wreath, or the like in your office, club, organization, etc.
- Make-A-Wish will send you tags with requests for gifts that can be used for wish kids and their siblings throughout the year.
- Individuals from your group or organization then pick a tag and bring back a gift.
- Our volunteers will pick up the gifts from your location on or before Friday, December 18, as arranged with you.
For more information about our Giving Trees program, please contact Juli McClave or call 206.623.5300.