SEEKONK, Mass. (May 28, 2015): All 12-year-old Sydney Pardi wanted for her wish was a MacBook Pro to help her for school. But when Kids Wish Network granted that wish, the children’s charity didn’t stop there. Kids Wish Network arranged for Sydney to enjoy a day she’d never forget that included “Wally the Green Monster” presenting her the computer on behalf of Kids Wish Network at a Boston Red Sox game.
“This was the experience of a lifetime for Sydney,” recalls her mom Andrea.
After all that Sydney has been through, Kids Wish Network was overjoyed to bring a smile to her face. Sydney’s medical struggle started just before her first birthday, when she fractured her femur bone. A few months later, she suffered another major fracture in her collarbone, and then fractured her femur bone again. Sydney was soon diagnosed with osteogenesis imperfecta, commonly called brittle bone disease.
Sydney’s bones can fracture from the smallest movement. She suffers on average 10-15 breaks each year and has already been in a full body cast three separate times. Doctors recently inserted new, metal rods into her bones that grow with her body to help keep her bones strong and prevent fractures, but even with the rods, Sydney needs more treatment. She attends physical therapy once a week and undergoes four-hour infusion treatments every eight weeks to increase bone density. But all the treatments sometimes aren’t enough; Sydney underwent another surgery in December to straighten a bone in her right arm.
Despite a life of constant pain and bone fractures, Sydney doesn’t let her life-threatening condition get her down. She loves going to school, drawing and playing bells in the school band. When Kids Wish Network granted her wish for a MacBook Pro and wheelchair-accessible desk, Sydney was surprised with it at a Boston Red Sox game.
Sydney and her family were invited to the Red Sox vs. Yankee game where the mascot, “Wally the Green Monster”, presented Sydney her computer on the field before the game. After the exciting event, Sydney and her family dined at local eatery, Tavern in the Square.
On behalf of Sydney and her family, Kids Wish Network would like to thank Fenway Park, The Boston Red Sox, and Tavern in the Square for helping make Sydney’s day so memorable.
Kids Wish Network is a national charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experienced life-altering situations. Visit www.kidswishnetwork.org to learn more and find out how you can help makes dreams come true and sponsor a wish for a deserving child.