Wyatt goes to THE Castle

“He takes it all in stride and just says, ‘This is what I gotta do,’” shares Katrina, mom of 10-year old, Wyatt Howel. We should all take a page out of Wyatt’s book when it comes to accepting hardship and adjustment. Wyatt was diagnosed at birth with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). Cystic Fibrosis is a disorder that causes serious damage to the lungs, digestive system, and other organs in the body. CF affects the production of mucus, sweat, and other digestive substances in cells. However, Wyatt does not allow CF to bog him down with negativity and pity. Instead, Wyatt accepts and conquers this battle and yearns to be treated normal. Katrina shares an example of Wyatt’s maturity, “He can’t swim in ponds with his friends. So the other day, while they went swimming in a pond, Wyatt said, ‘It’s okay, I’ll just wait for them. It’s not worth getting sick.’ He doesn’t complain about it.” Wyatt’s mom also explained, “He’s a kid that doesn’t ask for a whole lot.” Wyatt’s humility makes granting him a Wish through A Special Wish Foundation- Dayton Chapter (ASW) that much more special.

Wyatt’s family received a letter in the mail, expressing that Wyatt had been nominated for a Wish through ASW. Wyatt’s first choice was to go to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Katrina explained why he chose this Wish, ”He’s never been there. He knew we couldn’t take him there.” When he found out that his wish had been granted, Katrina shared, “He was very surprised and a little shocked. He didn’t expect it.” So when the time came for the family to embark on their adventure, Wyatt and his two siblings took their first airplane ride to Florida!

This was a trip of many firsts for Wyatt! It was also his first time riding roller coasters. Wyatt particularly enjoyed riding Magic Kingdom’s Splash Mountain, a log flume ride with a 50 foot drop. But, the most memorable first for him was: “having ice cream for breakfast. It’s a simple thing, but we obviously don’t do it at home.”  To top it all off, his humility extended on his trip. His mom shared, “He wore his genie pass (a pass given to Wish families for additional perks at Walt Disney World) under his shirt because he didn’t want people to see it.”

The whole family enjoyed staying at Give Kids the World, an 84-acre resort with 166 villa accommodations for families to stay in while on Wish trips. They especially treasured eating ice cream every day at the 24-hour ice cream parlor at the Village. Katrina disclosed, “As soon as we left, the kids said, ‘Can we come back here next year and be volunteers?’”

Katrina talked about their experience with Special Wish, “The way they make the kids feel special- it’s just wonderful.” A Special Wish Foundation- Dayton grants approximately 50 wishes a year to children, just like Wyatt, in the Dayton and surrounding region.

Please join ASW today by making a donation (https://www.aspecialwishdayton.org/donate-now) and help grant the Special Wish of a local child battling for their life. All funds raised stay here in the Dayton Region benefiting local children.

A Special Wish Foundation-Dayton is the only wish granting organization located in the Dayton region and has been making special wishes come true since 1983. For more information on how you can be a part of granting a local child’s wish, please visit aspecialwishdayton.org or call 937-223-WISH (9474).