In 2001, Shawn was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, an autoimmune disorder that affects the gastrointestinal tract. This disease has caused a tumor to grow in his small intestine for which he must take chemo pills every day to try and shrink it. In addition, Shawn has severely damaged lungs that cause him an extreme amount of pain. He was hospitalized in 2003 because of this disorder and he must endure daily breathing treatments with an inhaler.
Shawn wished only to have an Apple laptop, but he got so much more. In addition to the computer itself, Shawn’s Wish Coordinator sent him a special desk chair, an Epson all-in-one printer and a gift box filled with all sorts of goodies sent to the teen! Shawn was ecstatic!