Eleven-year-old Hyrum loves LEGOs. He first started playing with them while he was hospitalized and undergoing chemotherapy. Whenever Hyrum had to endure a long hospital stay or was put in isolation to minimize his risk of infection, his child life specialist would bring him a toy to play with, and he always requested a LEGO set. The LEGOs would keep him busy for hours and helped him make it through 148 weeks of chemo.
When he was first diagnosed with leukemia, Hyrum and his family decided they would wait to have his wish granted at the end of his treatment, thinking it would give him something to look forward to. They also wanted to make sure Hyrum’s dad, who is in the military, would be able to be there for the wish – and to celebrate his son’s incredible accomplishment of completing nearly three years’ worth of treatment.
“During those 148 weeks, we had some hard times – some scary times,” said Hyrum’s mom, Zoie. “At those times, we tried to remember that even though this journey was hard, there were many blessings to come and one of those blessings was Make-A-Wish.”
When the time came for Hyrum to choose a wish, of course LEGOs were top-of-mind. Hyrum wished to go to the LEGO Factory in Denmark, where the miniature bricks are made. When he learned that his wish would in fact be coming true, Hyrum was, “beyond excited” to meet the designers and get a behind-the-scenes view of everything that goes into making LEGO bricks during the LEGO Inside Tour.
The wish trip was a success: Hyrum even won an award for the Most Authentic LEGO Creation! The family came home with tons of LEGOs and, “Hyrum loved every minute of it,” said Zoie. “He said that now he wants to grow up and be a LEGO Designer! Those designers on the Insider Tour must have made quite and impression... It was the best wish EVER.”
Now that Hyrum’s treatment is complete, Zoie says the family has entered a, “stage of feeling almost normal. He goes up to the hospital once a month for check-ups and that's it. His hair is back to normal. He looks really healthy. Sometimes we forget that he had cancer. It's a beautiful feeling.”