Having a three-year-old son with neuroblastoma pushed Rozcoh’s parents almost to the breaking point.
Without family nearby, and unable to keep him in daycare with a suppressed immune system after surgery, they spent a year trading days they’d stay home with him while both also worked full-time.
“Every day I would come home from work, or even the days I took care of Rozcoh, I would want to enjoy every second because I know that life is short, but I would simply be so exhausted that most times I would fall asleep or just vegetate on the couch to recuperate. Every day I would pray, ‘I wish I didn’t have to work so that I could enjoy this precious time with my son,’ but the pressures of providing a home and safe environment were just as heavy on my mind,” says his dad, Quamé.
Rozcoh’s wish changed that. “It took years off me and Abby physically and spiritually, and more than anything, we were able to spend time with Rozcoh without being tired and short with him. THAT was my greatest wish.” Quamé is planning to make a short documentary to “relay a greater sense of how life changing this wish experience was for all three of us.”
Rozcoh’s obsession with trains inspired his wish to ride one to San Diego, and visit the train museum there. As they travelled overnight by train, Rozcoh, Abby and Quamé took a nap together, read together, played and talked about what they saw out the window. And for the first time since Rozcoh was born, they got to eat out together as a family. Once in San Diego, they took Rozcoh to the beach almost every day, and he “wouldn’t stop running back and forth from the waves as they came in.” After visiting Legoland, he had so much fun he “snored like a bear during the ride home.”
A wish gives children renewed energy and strength, and brings families closer together. As soon as he got back home, Quamé reached out to us to say, “we appreciate and love you so much. Our lives have forever changed because of your act of love and service and we are grateful.”