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Jun 03, 2013

Peter's Wish for a Robot

Nine year old Peter, from Menlo Park, thinks a robot is the ultimate gadget. And Peter loves gadgets.
Peter Robot WishHis fascination with robots came from seeing the movie “Real Steel” which featured robots that can mimic each other and fight. Peter can’t wait to have his own robot, which he has already nicknamed, “RoBob,” so that he can walk around with it, have it mimic him, and “whenever I break something, I can blame it on the robot.” Peter will soon find out just how far that excuse will go when he takes RoBob home on Thursday, June 13th, directly from Anybots headquarters. Anybots, a Santa Clara based company, creates virtual presence systems—in other words, robots that allow you to be present virtually in places where you can’t physically be. 

Peter’s parents describe him as “a normal guy” who likes to play video games, enjoys playing football with his family and does well in school. But beginning at age 2, Peter’s congenital heart defect caused his heart to begin failing. While waiting for a transplant, his condition got to the point where his doctors induced a coma, and Peter had to be resuscitated. Next, his liver began failing, which threatened to postpone the heart transplant. After receiving a new heart, the two year-old then spent 100 days in the pediatric intensive care unit, and had to be retrained in how to walk. A few months later he broke his leg, causing another round of physical therapy and learning how to walk. On his 8th birthday, instead of celebrating with friends and a party, Peter was diagnosed with an adult form of lymphoma. Treatment was complicated by the medications he takes for his heart and for a lung condition he suffers from that makes it hard for his lungs to fight off infections. 

As a special celebration for Peter receiving his wish to have his own robot, Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area has teamed up with Anybots to give him an inside look at how robots are made. Anybots will host Peter and his family on Thursday, June 13th at 11am for a special tour of the facilities, along with the unveiling of his new robot, RoBob. “One of the best things about granting wishes is building in the element of surprise and wonder. We hope that by bringing Peter to Anybots and letting him see how his robot is made, will be a delightful surprise after years of medical challenges” says Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area Executive Director, Patricia Wilson.

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