Mobile, Ala. – A young teen with a life threatening illness had his wish for a laptop computer granted by national children’s charity Kids Wish Network.
Clifton, a 15-year-old from Mobile, was diagnosed with various illnesses at the age of three. He suffers from Bilateral Acetubular Dysplasia, – an illness which resulted in two hip replacements – cerebral palsy and a disease called PANDAS, which is a pediatric autoimmune disorder which causes mental issues and delay. Clifton also suffers from severe asthma. He gets weekly blood transfusions and takes daily breathing treatments to help control some of his illnesses.
Clifton’s mother, Patricia, said that times are tough for her and her family. She said Clifton battled medical issues since the age of three and she was not able to provide all the things he wanted.
“He has been really sick off and on since he was three. I couldn’t afford certain things and I mentioned this to his social worker and was told that his medical condition would possibly qualify him to have a wish granted,” Patricia said.
After the application process, Patricia was speaking to wish coordinator Vanessa, making plans to see her son’s wish come true.
Vanessa confirmed that Clifton’s one wish was for a laptop. She also had plans to make his wish extra special and provide him with a printer and computer games including NFL CD card games that can be played on the computer. She also sent him a gift box full of puzzles, board games and toys.
“I wanted to do a little extra and let Clifton know that he deserves to feel special,” Vanessa said.
Patricia said that Clifton probably chose a laptop for his wish because he used a computer in the past.
“When he was in school he was working with a computer and his uncle has a computer and he wanted one of his own,” Patricia said.
When Clifton saw his brand new laptop, printer and box full of toys, it was hard for him to contain his excitement, his mom said.
“He was very happy. He just jumped up and down with excitement,” said Patricia. “He told me, ‘Momma, we’re rich now.’”
Patricia said that she thinks that Kids Wish Network “is a wonderful service” and that she was pleased to see her son’s wish come true.
“Just seeing the excitement on his face and knowing that someone loves him has been the best part for me,” she said.
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