Seven-year-old Timmy loves the beach. He has always enjoyed playing in the sand and basking in the warm sun, and leaving the worries of the hospital behind.
The beach gives Timmy a place where he can focus on being a kid. He spent the first year of his life in and out of the hospital undergoing over a dozen surgeries. This included two open-heart surgeries for multiple heart conditions. He dreamed about a place with warm sun and sandy beaches.
So when Timmy found out he qualified for a wish, the choice was easy. He wished to go to Hawaii, far away from the pokes, prods and hospital walls that filled his early days.
What Timmy didn’t expect is that his wish trip to the beach would give his family so much more. You gave them a chance to connect and bond in a way they couldn’t before.
“Hawaii gave us the chance to just be a family. We could set aside some of the demands that life brings to a child with special needs,” said Timmy’s mom, Melanie.
In Hawaii, Timmy spent countless hours swinging on the Tarzan swing and digging in the sand with a shovel and pail.
Hawaii also gave his family a place to reflect on the difficulties they had endured together. “It gave us the chance to remember how far we have come as a family,” said Melanie.
As Timmy faces the possibility of more heart surgeries in the future, his wish serves as a constant reminder of carefree days and the joys of spending time together as a family.
Currently 1 in 4 children are not receiving a wish due to a lack of funding. You can help give families a much-needed break from hospitals and medical treatments. Join Wishmaker Monthly by making a monthly donation to give hope, strength and joy to kids like Timmy throughout the year.
Special thanks to Alaska Airlines and to wish-granting volunteers Jodi Blakley and Dorothy Laiti.