Even before Eddy was diagnosed with cancer, he rarely got to go to the park and play—he was often too sick or didn’t feel well.
When a tumor was discovered last August, it went all the way from his shoulder to his neck. It affected his right arm to the point of near paralysis. But thanks to chemotherapy and radiation, the tumor has shrunk about 80% in size, and Eddy can now spend more time playing on his new play structure.
On the day of his wish, Eddy’s parents kept him away from the house in order to keep his wish a surprise. When they brought him home, and the play structure was in place, “he was kind of shocked; he couldn’t believe what he was seeing,” says his mom, Mirna. Eddy now refers to it as “my own little park” and it has helped him with the physical therapy on his right arm by giving him something to climb and swing on.
Eddy’s medical condition, and having this wish, has affected the family in a variety of ways. His father lost his job because of all the time he had to take off to care for Eddy. His mother got a “crash course in being a nurse,” managing his Broviac catheter and administering medications. And Eddy “has something to look forward to and doesn’t feel so bad after his treatments,” says his mom. In fact, the first day after his wish, Eddy, who usually sleeps late because of his condition, woke up at 6:30 a.m., saying “I’m ready to go out and play!”