MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin (April 6, 2016): National children’s charity Kids Wish Network (KWN) recently partnered with the Oklahoma City Thunder to grant the ultimate wish of a boy with epilepsy.
Kids Wish Network made Wish Kid Derek’s once in a life-time dream to meet Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder come true. Derek was a VIP guest as the Thunder took on the Milwaukee Bucks.
In addition to Durant, several other Thunder players stopped by Derek’s courtside seat, notably Russell Westbrook, Enes Kanter, Kyle Singler, Josh Huestis, and Steven Adams. After the game, Derek was also introduced to living legends Cameron Payne, Randy Foye, and Nick Collision.
“It was the most amazing day,” said Derek’s mom, Danielle. Derek will likely “be sleeping with all of his autographed items!”
Derek was diagnosed with epilepsy after a sleep study showed that he was having night seizures every five minutes. His doctors implanted a Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) device in his chest wall that sends regular mild pulses of electrical energy to Derek’s brain as a preventative measure. Still, it is not uncommon for Derek to have up to 40 seizures in a single night.
Derek’s wish also included a trip to Lightspeed Go Karts, Laser Tag & Arcade, dinner show reservations at ComedySportz Club, a private VIP guided tour of Miller Park and a stay at the Plaza Hotel in the heart of downtown Milwaukee. Now back at home, Derek is still undergoing treatment for his condition.
“It brightens the world of a sick child to be able to meet his favorite celebrity,” said Anna Lanzatella, executive director of the children’s charity. “Kids Wish Network feels fortunate to work with organizations like the Oklahoma City Thunder to make these types of wishes come true.”
On behalf of Derek and his family, Kids Wish Network would like to thank all of the sponsors who participated in Derek’s wish: Oklahoma City Thunder, Kevin Durant, Jim & Julie Mai, The Melissa Mai Memorial Golf Scramble, Miller Park, ComedySportz Club, Custom Limousine Service, The Plaza Hotel Milwaukee, and Lightspeed Go Karts, Laser Tag & Arcade
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.
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Courtesy of Fox Sports Oklahoma