“It was the best experience Graison ever had”
Right before his third birthday, Graison started suffering from seizures. While the seizures started off minor, they soon increased until Graison was suffering from hundreds every day. After over a year of hundreds of daily seizures and frequent episodes of “status seizures”, meaning they occurred nonstop for weeks, Graison’s brain was damaged causing him to lose his speech twice. Finally, a new medication stopped the constant seizures for a while.
But soon, Graison’s seizures started to cycle. He would do well for a few months, and then his constant seizures would occur again and his medication would be adjusted. Graison was finally diagnosed with Lennox Gastaut syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy, but he continued to fall victim to the cycles. Doctors implanted a vegas nerve stimulator in 2006 in an attempt to free Graison from seizing, but he still has episodes. His last cycle during the summer of 2014 lasted three weeks without stopping. As a result, Graison is developmentally delayed and takes multiple medications, some with dangerous side effects of their own.
Graison’s seizures cause a huge disruption in his life, but he is still able to find joy. He enjoys watching Harry Potter movies and loves anything with Iron Man. Kids Wish Network couldn’t wait to send Graison on the ultimate experience to see both characters.
KWN granted Graison’s wish for a fun-filled Universal Studios experience. He was able to tour Harry Potter World, visit the other theme parks, and get a special meet-and-greet with Iron Man and the rest of the Avengers.
Sponsor Once Upon a Party brought the Marvel characters to the Olive Garden where Graison was having dinner.
“I can’t begin to express how great the Iron Man experience was,” recalls Graison’s mom. “He said it was the best experience he’s ever had. It was absolutely awesome and his wish has definitely been achieved. Thank you for everything.”
Jilly Cakes, another sponsor, also created a graduation cake for Graison and brought it to his hotel room.
“This wish has just made Graison so happy,” adds his mom. “It was more than he could have ever hoped for.”
Kids Wish Network would like to thank all the magical sponsors that helped make Graison’s wish come true!
• World Quest Orlando Resort
• Once Upon a Party
• Compassion Partners Program
• Universal Studios
• Enterprise Car Rental
• Jilly Cakes
• Hardrock Café
• Olive Garden
• House of Blues
Despite all he’s been through, Graison was able to graduate high school on time right before his wish trip. He is looking forward to the future.