As the World Cup kicks into high gear in Brazil, nearly 40 Make-A-Wish kids, hailing from all across America, join in the cheers and chants of the enormous crowds. One of these wish kids is 13-year-old Keirol from New York City.
This young soccer fan, who is diagnosed with sickle cell anemia, and his family will travel to Brazil for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend the global soccer showdown, go on a sightseeing tour, visit the FIFA Fan Fest, and participate in other activities of the family’s choosing. Keirol will watch Australia vs. Spain on Monday, June 23, 2014, and attend a second, world class match between Algeria vs. Russia on Thursday, June 26, 2014. Both of the exciting group stage matches will take place within the beautiful World Cup Stadium in Curitiba.
“We’re excited for Keirol to have his greatest wish - to attend this spectacular event - come true,” said Pat Clemency, President and CEO, Make-A-Wish Metro New York and Western York. “It fills us with pride and joy to be able grant not only Keirol’s wish, but the most heartfelt wish of all medically eligible children in our community and we thank our supporters whose contributions allow us to do so.”
Make-A-Wish Metro New York has been planning Keirol’s wish to see the World Cup games in Brazil since October 2013 and is thrilled to see Keirol’s wish come true. Make-A-Wish plans to send him off in style on June 20, 2014.
The 2014 World Cup is one of the largest international wish granting endeavors in the history of Make-A-Wish. As with all other wishes, Make-A-Wish has utilized its vast network of resources to fund the wishes with no cost to Keirol and his family. From the airfare and transportation to the game tickets and food, the all-expenses-paid wish experience is sure to pack an exhilarating dose of fun and joy.