As a young boy, Zach was rapidly losing weight and those close to him noticed that he just didn’t seem like himself. Zach’s mother arranged for a doctor’s appointment; however, two days before that appointment, Zach’s condition had started to really deteriorate. He was pale, his eyes appeared “sunk in”, and he was not eating at all. He was seen by the doctor that day and had his blood drawn. Zach’s blood sugar level came back at 400, and he was diagnosed with a pre-metabolic disorder.
His blood work also showed that in addition to a pre-metabolic disorder, Zach also had Celiac disease, resulting in the small intestine’s reduced ability to digest food and absorb nutrients properly.
Zach is a very responsible and caring boy who loves spending time with his family and being outside. Kids Wish Network looked to combine some family get-away time with Zach’s love for rollercoasters when we sent him on his wish.
Kids Wish Network sent Zach and his family to Florida to visit some of its amusement parks and ride some of the best roller coasters the Sunshine State had to offer. Because of many generous donors and sponsors, Kids Wish Network was able to make Zach’s dream a reality.
During Zach’s forever wish, he and his family stayed at the luxurious DoubleTree by Hilton at the Entrance to Universal Orlando. When he first arrived at his hotel there was a surprise cake for him compliments of Sugar Divas Cakery. In addition to spending time with his family and just getting away from it all, Zach was also treated to several fun-filled activities including two days at the adventurous Universal Studios Orlando, getting a birds eye view of Orlando and seeing many life-like wax figures at Merlin Magic Wand’s I-Drive 360, and riding some of Florida’s best rollercoasters at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. The family was also provided wonderful meals courtesy of the tranquil Emeril’s Tchoup Chop, the always fun Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., the delicious Carrabba’s Italian Grill, and world-famous Hard Rock Café, Tampa.
Zach shared that his favorite part of the wish had to be when he was at the Harry Potter themed area in Universal Studios Islands of Adventure. “I was able to run around the park and do spells with my wand,” he stated.
Zach said the most meaningful part of his wish was all of the amazing time he was able to spend with his family.
Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following sponsors for making Zach’s dreams become reality:
• Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Orlando
• Hard Rock Café Tampa
• Emeril’s Tchoup Chop
• Carrabba’s Italian Grill
• DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at the Entrance to Universal Orlando
• Merlin’s Magic Wand’s I-Drive 360
• Compassion Partners
• Sugar Divas Cakery