By the time he was five, wish kid Brandon had been through several surgeries and long hospital stays and hundreds of doctors' visits because of his congenital heart defect. So, when he was told that he could receive a wish from Make-A-Wish, he focused on his dream for the future and asked to have his bedroom turned into a fire station. His wish was granted, complete with lights, siren and fire pole.
“My original wish was for a fire pole in my room, but then Make-A-Wish turned my entire room into a fire station! They had professional painters paint all of my walls and they put a ton of equipment in my room like a ladder and pole,” he said.
“I will never forget the expression on Brandon’s face the day his wish came true,” said Brandon’s mom, Jennifer. “The wish sparked his imagination and provided years of joy for him and our entire family. During his darkest days, he would wake up, put on his turnouts and go ‘out on a call,’ putting out a fire in our kitchen or rescuing our family dog.”
Since his wish day, Brandon has celebrated many other milestones in his life – making the varsity baseball team, graduating high school, and recently turning 21 years old. Because of his wish, Brandon has developed close relationships with local fire stations and his passion for firefighting has continued to grow.
“Make-A-Wish gave me memories I will treasure for the rest of my life and helped shape my future,” continued Brandon. “Just being able to go to wish events and meet more wish kids alone has been amazing for me. The power of a wish really is amazing, and it’s something that all wish kids get to hang onto for a lifetime.”
February is American Heart Month and a wish can give kids facing congenital heart defects (CHD) the emotional and physical strength to keep going, to fight harder against their illness – and to think of their future.
Do your part during American Heart Month and give from your heart
to make more wishes possible for kids like Brandon.