13-year-old Richie has Ewing’s Sarcoma, an extremely rare form of bone cancer. Despite the pain and swelling he frequently experiences, he is a very active and involved teenager; he loves swimming and singing in the choir at school. When our Wish Wizards first met Richard, he wished for a trip to the Bahamas so he could swim with the Dolphins. He was scheduled for a bone marrow transplant later in the year, so we postponed granting his wish until he was completely recovered, re-energized and ready to have a grand adventure. Wishes & More® was able to gift him more than just a swim with dolphins, and sent Richie and his parents on a magical Disney Cruise through the Bahamas!
Since his trip, Richie has successfully healed from his transplant and has become even more busy and involved since starting high school; he is singing in both his school and church choirs, and acting in several theater productions at school. He still talks about how incredible his wish trip was and that it was one of the best times of his life! It has been an honor to get to know Richie and his family, and to be a part of making such a positive impact in their lives.
Special Thanks to our friends at the Charitable Housewives of Maple Grove for underwriting Richie’s wish at the 2014 Mother’s Day 5k!