When Christopher was younger, he started to suffer from uncoordinated movements. As his adoptive parents, we did not have clear medical histories from his biological parents, which made it more difficult for doctors to understand what was causing his symptoms. After going in and out of the hospital during 2016, he was diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disorder. Christopher’s condition is similar to Huntington’s disease, and he currently takes a medication designed for patients with this condition.
Christopher qualified for a wish in 2017, and ultimately decided that his number one wish would be to go to Hawaii with his family. Make-A-Wish® surprised Christopher after he threw the first pitch at a Stanislaus State NCAA baseball game. All the student athletes revealed to him that his wish was coming true and that we get to go to Hawaii.
Christopher has gone through a lot, and unfortunately he will go through a lot more. Even just throwing the first pitch at the game put a huge smile on his face.
We just got back from our trip to Hawaii, and our family had a wonderful time! He was treated like royalty wherever we went! Everything went amazingly well from the plane ride where he got to go into the cockpit, to the rental car company which found a vehicle large enough for all of us. The accommodations at the Sheraton Waikiki were fabulous as well as all of our excursions. The highlight of Christopher's trip was swimming with a dolphin. The trainer there even went out of her way to give Christopher extra time and attention with the dolphin when she learned that he was there on his wish trip! All of us had a terrific time in Hawaii and will have years of good memories to look back on. From the bottom of my heart thank you Make-A-Wish and Stanislaus State student athletes (NCAA) for making my son's wish come true!
Because of the generosity of Stanislaus State and NCAA, you were able to give my child hope through this difficult time. I encourage others to give back and help grant more wishes like Christopher’s.