A Florida Teen Battles Bravely and in the Meantime, Enjoys a Dream Come True

Loxahatchee, FL – Kyle is a spirited and gregarious teenager with a zest for life. He also has a zest for fishing. An avid outdoorsman, Kyle is never happier than when he’s heading out armed with his fishing pole and tackle box.

Recently, Kyle enjoyed an extra special fishing trip to the Florida Keys thanks to his friends at Kids Wish Network. Kids Wish Network is an organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses. Kyle was referred to the charity by his doctor.

Kyle has a condition known as common variable immunodeficiency. CVID is an immunodeficiency disorder characterized by very low levels of antibodies, which makes it difficult for the body to fight diseases. Those who suffer with CIVD become sick frequently with recurrent infections. Kyle must take daily medications and have his blood work monitored often.

When Kids Wish Network Wish Coordinator, Jill, asked Kyle for his number one wish, this brave teen didn’t hesitate: he wanted to take a relaxing fishing trip.

They Keys are an ideal place for a fishing expedition, so Jill got right to work. She arranged for Kyle and his family to head to the Keys and stay at the beautiful Bay View Inn on Conch Key. Gretchen, Kyle’s mom, said their stay at the hotel was idyllic. “They were very nice,” she said of the owners. “It was homey. They were wonderful.”

However, Kyle would spend little time in their room. He spent most of his time with his dad, Fred, out catching fish.

For several relaxing and sunny days, Kyle reeled in fish after fish. “They caught a lot of fish!” laughed Gretchen. “We came home with a lot.”

Towards the end of his trip, Kyle took off with his whole family to Key West to spend the day enjoying the beach. Gretchen said they had a fantastic time. “We hung out and swam. It was a lazy day…very enjoyable!” she smiled.

Kyle returned home from his exciting wish trip tired, but with plenty of fish for the freezer and even more amazing memories. Gretchen said she was tremendously grateful to Kids Wish Network and Jill for everything. “Jill was wonderful. We couldn’t have asked for anyone better. She has been with us the whole way and kept us informed. Everything was just so positive. We are very grateful!”

Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following for helping to make Kyle’s wish come true: American Legion of West Palm Beach, Annette’s Lobster and Steakhouse, Bay View Inn Motel and Marina, Captain Dan, Captain Jimmie Gagliardini, Eagles #3694, Elks Lodge, Moose Lodge #2267 and Outback Steakhouse.

Kids Wish Network is a nationally recognized non-profit organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children. If you know a child between the ages of 3 and 18 who may be in need of its wish granting services, please call 727-937-3600 or toll free 888-918-9004. For more information on Kids Wish Network, visit their website at www.kidswishnetwork.org


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