Daniel has sickle cell, a disease in which the red blood cells created in the bone marrow produce an abnormal form of hemoglobin. These blood cells have a difficult time passing through the blood vessels to reach the body’s tissues. For Daniel, this has meant spending a lot of his young life in and out of the hospital with bouts of severe pain. Currently he is on a pain management regimen and must endure blood transfusions as needed. In addition, Daniel has had to have his gallbladder removed and suffers constant respiratory problems.
Daniel’s big day started early and ended late. According to Daniel, “I felt like it was all my day because there were hardly any people” at the mall. “My favorite store was the Palace Locker Room because I got myself a Hamilton jersey #32 and a jogging suit of the Pistons!” Daniel even became an honorary “employee for the day” at Finish Line, where he got a personalized employee nametag and even picked up the new Jordan shoes he had been longing for. So many stores pitched in that Daniel and his family didn’t leave until the mall closed! Every store greeted Daniel with warm welcomes and they all made him “feel special.” He picked up everything on his wish list and then some. Daniel is now “the happiest kid in the house!”