4 year old Jordan shares the same life-threatening medical condition as his 8 year old brother, Alex—Primary Immune Deficiency. But before he began getting weekly plasma infusions, he couldn’t play with his friends or family because his body doesn’t make antibodies the way other people do and vaccines are not an option. His parents hoped both he and his brother would outgrow the disease, but their immune systems are getting worse instead of improving.
However, thanks to a weekly infusion of donated plasma, his body gets the antibodies it can’t make and he can once again go to school, play with friends, go to birthday parties and most importantly, go to Disney World®! Jordan “drives us crazy with how much he wants to watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse on TV” says his mom, Tracy. Before his trip to Disney World in June, he constantly asked his parents, “when are we going to meet Mickey?” His parents and big brother kept his wish a secret, and then threw him a party with special clues to tell him that his wish had been granted.
The trip was a much-needed break from their life of anxiety and illness. “It was a magical week that our family will never forget. The changes that we have seen in our kids and their attitude towards their illness is amazing” writes his mom. “There were many times during Jordan’s wish trip where we literally forgot about all the worry and stress and had the most fun we have had in a long time. Make-A-Wish has changed our family’s life forever.”
What does Jordan’s brother Alex, who will also be getting a wish, dream of? To attend a University of Colorado football game so he can meet their mascot, “Ralphie” the buffalo!
|National Wish Stories|