Jonathan was in kindergarten, settling in to life as a busy, school-aged boy. He was just getting used to a routine when everything changed.
Jonathan’s parents noticed he had some unusual bruising. They took him to the pediatrician before school to make sure everything was ok. They were heading home after school when the doctor called. “He told us to go to the ER right away,” said Jonathan’s mom, Jean, “that there would be doctors waiting for us.”
One night in the hospital turned to four, and the family’s sense of foreboding grew.
“The hardest part was explaining to Jonathan what was happening,” Jean said. “Outwardly, he looked like his normal, healthy self. But inside, his blood was slowly making him sick.”
Jonathan was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia. This type of leukemia often requires lifelong maintenance and monitoring. His current medication requires a regimented schedule that has changed daily life for the entire family.
In the midst of the tumultuous time, Jonathan and his family received an incredible gift, and it’s all thanks to you.
When Jonathan and his family first met his Make-A-Wish volunteers, they didn’t know what an impact the gift of a wish would have on their lives.
Jonathan wished to go to New York City to see the Statue of Liberty. There, he toured the city and saw many of the sights and sounds of the bustling city. He also spent a day with NYPD, riding their various vehicles and horses!
But more than that, Jonathan’s wish gave him a glimpse of the bigger world and all the possibilities before him. “Jonathan’s wish opened our eyes to the world around us,” said Jean.
Now, Jonathan eagerly looks forward to anything involving Make-A-Wish, where he’s surrounded by people who genuinely care about him and who encourage his dreams. His family has stayed involved through Walk For Wishes® and other Make-A-Wish events because they know how important a wish can be.
“Wishes give kids something to look forward to. They bring sense where things are confusing in their medical world,” said Jean. “Wishes bring hope, and this hope is tangible.”
Special thanks to wish-granting volunteers Rhonda Chong and Ryan Molden.