Nine-year-old Chase was diagnosed with a rare lung disease at the age of four. It affects the upper and lower respiratory tract, causing chronic sinus infections, lung infections and ear infections. He currently receives eight treatments each day: six breathing treatments and two vest airway clearance treatments – but when he catches a cold or infection the daily requirement can jump to 12 or more treatments a day.
When Chase received a letter saying he was going to be granted a wish, he immediately grabbed a pencil and set to work. His parents told him there was no rush and that he could take his time to think about what he wanted, but he replied, “No, thank you, I don’t need time to think. I know what I want.”
Chase explained that every year for his birthday and every Thanksgiving when he pulled apart the wishbone, he had wished for one thing: to go to Disney Aulani. He was eager to snorkel in the rainbow reef, go to all the pools and the big water slide, try new foods, and get his hair dyed at the spa—blue, specifically!
His wish granters, Teri and Heather, surprised Chase with a reveal party, where he was truly shocked and overjoyed to learn that his wish would be coming true.
During the wish process, Chase became very close with his wish granters. “His wish granters have been amazing and have been so great to Chase and us. We’ve gained some lifetime friends,” said Chase’s mom, Stephanie. “To see the connection with Chase and his wish granters is priceless.”
“Having a wish granted gave him something to look forward to it’s also brought him a lot of joy and so much more,” said Stephanie. “Shortly after he made his wish he came to me and said, ‘Mom, I want to help someone else with their wish.’”
The family is planning to raise money at Walk for Wishes, but Chase also declared that he wants to get involved and do more than raise money – after everything Teri and Heather did for Chase, he is eager to pay it forward and help someone else the way they helped him. A future wish granter is born!
Recurring respiratory infections can cause severe lung damage, so Chase will have to undergo treatments for the rest of his life. The treatments will become more aggressive over time, but Stephanie says the memories of his wish experience have, “given him so much joy and happiness,” which, “will help him too to get through hard times or when he's sick or on a day he’s struggling with having to do several treatments. Make-A-Wish has given him memories that can help him get through anything.”