“Henry’s highlight was having lunch with a real astronaut”
During the summer of 2012, Henry started exhibiting symptoms that sounded typical for type 1 diabetes. Once he was taken to the doctor, Henry’s blood sugar levels tested at 500 points higher than the healthy average. He was quickly diagnosed with the incurable disease and remained in the hospital for four days.
Henry is completely insulin-dependent and carries life-saving medication wherever he goes. He has an insulin pump that conveniently dispenses the medication he needs and utilizes a service dog to help regulate his levels. One of the hardest things for Henry is how his illness has limited his ability to be active. He loves to play outside, but must take frequent breaks or he risks a dangerous drop in blood sugar.
Henry also suffers from a severe peanut allergy and must carry an EpiPen at all times. In fact, every member of his family carries an EpiPen, including one in the pack on his service dog Sophie. Henry tries to not let his illnesses get in the way of his life, however. He loves to build things, is interested in space, and likes to learn about math and science.
With a Wish Kid this interested in the great beyond, Kids Wish Network knew exactly where to make his dreams come true. Henry and his family traveled to the Kennedy Space Center where they were given a special tour.
“The highlight for Henry was having lunch with a real astronaut,” recalls his mom.
After Henry got his fill of space, they enjoyed a fantastic dinner and played some miniature golf. Henry even got to hold an alligator! The trip continued from there with “crazy fun” surf lessons, a fishing trip, and a visit to LEGOLAND. The family was even the first people from the general public allowed to tour the new LEGOLAND Hotel!
The entire trip was filled with things that made Henry’s wildest dreams come true. KWN would like to thank all the generous Guardian Angel sponsors that helped grant his wish:
• Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Cocoa Beach Waterfront
• LEGOLAND- Merlin’s Magic Wand
• Kennedy Space Center
• School of Surf
• All Water Adventures
• Ron Jon Surf Shop
• Sonny’s BBQ
• Chili’s Bar and Grill
• Pelican Grill and Bar/Westgate Resort