URBANDALE, Iowa (March 20, 2015): Nicolas Perisho couldn’t wipe the smile off his face; his dream to meet Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks was coming true thanks to Kids Wish Network.
“We’re so blessed that Nic was able to come here, meet his favorite player and see his favorite team,” recalls his dad Glenn Perisho. “Especially with what Nic is going through.”
And Nicolas, who prefers to be called Nic, has been going through a lot the past year. Diagnosed with a bicuspid neo-aortic valve at birth, Nic had his first heart surgery at just 5 days old. Thankfully, the surgery was successful and kept Nic healthy for years, up until 2014. Nic’s had two heart surgeries in the past year; an unsuccessful one in July, and another in August to replace his faulty valve with a mechanical one.
Besides the fact that Nic will need more surgeries in the future, the biggest concern for the teen was not being able to play hockey anymore. The dedicated athlete excelled at the sport, but now must watch from the sidelines.
Yet, thanks to Kids Wish Network, Nic’s recent “sideline” experience wasn’t a disappointment. Watching a live Chicago Blackhawks’ game and meeting center/right wing Patrick Kane were things Nic had been dreaming of for years.
“It was really fun and exciting,” recalls Nic.
Kids Wish Network planned an entire wish trip to Chicago for Nic and his family, with the game and meet-and-greet being the highlight.
“It’s been unreal,” adds dad Glenn. “We feel so blessed to be able to do this for him. Kids Wish Network has been a great help for us; it’s really overwhelming.”
On behalf of Nic and his family, Kids Wish Network would like to thank all the generous sponsors that helped make his experience a once-in-a-lifetime event: The Chicago Blackhawks, Patrick Kane, JW Marriot Chicago, Shedd Aquarium, Chicago Automobile Trade Association, LaSalle Limousine, Field Museum, Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville, Quartino Restaurant, The Cheesecake Factory, Go Airport Express, and the Women of the Moose- Capital City Chapter 2381.
Nic is slowly adjusting to his new restrictions but hopes that he can, one day, return to the ice.