Throughout his young life, Noah has faced many challenges with his health… After seeing multiple doctors and receiving several misdiagnoses, it was finally discovered that Noah had Colonic Dysmotility. This condition applies to abnormal colonic contractions where the gut has lost its ability to coordinate muscular activity. Noah has undergone surgery to have a portion of his colon removed, and it’s likely that he will need more surgeries in the future. Since birth, he has been in and out of the hospital dealing with over 20 diagnoses, which have also required many tests and medical procedures.
Noah loves marine life, tropical destinations, gators, and has a deep admiration for law enforcement. He treasures his collection of police badges from all over the country, and hopes to wear his own badge as a police officer one day.
When Kids Wish Network found out about all of Noah’s favorite things, they put together a very special tropical getaway that would be a postcard perfect wish. Noah and his family were flown to Fort Lauderdale, and stayed at the picturesque Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, located oceanfront right on Fort Lauderdale Beach. “Everyone at the hotel was amazing,” said Noah’s mom Susan. “They made us feel so special. We still talk about.”
For adventure, Noah and his family experienced Everglades Holiday Park, home of Animal Planet’s Gator Boys. They took a tour of the Everglades on a speed-filled and invigorating airboat tour through the wetlands, discovering all of its inhabitants… with the most well known being the Florida alligator. “The airboat was not your typical boat. It was so fun and like a thrilling ride,” said Noah’s mom. While at the park, they also enjoyed a wildly entertaining and educational show of exciting stunts and tricks hosted by a member of the Gator Boys. Noah met him after the show, and his mom said, “He had interesting stories and was super nice.” Noah was also excited to hold a baby gator for family photos.
Noah loves animals, and had an amazing time at the Miami Seaquarium, exploring animal exhibits and seeing inspiring shows. The highlight for Noah was experiencing their special Dolphin Encounter, where he enjoyed getting in the water and having one-on-one interaction with a friendly dolphin who shook his hand and even gave him a kiss.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office also provided a very special surprise for Noah. When Sergeant Mike Rosenthal was tipped off about the wish by law enforcement in Noah’s hometown, Sergeant Rosenthal quickly organized a memorable day fit for law enforcement’s biggest fan.
Noah was named as an honorary junior deputy and greeted at his hotel by sheriff escorts who took him to meet and visit with Aviation, K-9, SWAT and Marine Units. “They came to the resort with their lights on,” said Noah’s mom. “He was over the moon with excitement. We were all so surprised and there were a lot of happy tears.”
During Noah’s wish, the family dined like rock stars at the celebrity worthy Hard Rock Café, experienced a fun Polynesian celebration of food and dynamic entertainment at the Mai Kai Restaurant and Polynesian Show, and also enjoyed a decadent Brazilian experience of endless tableside carvings at Texas de Brazil.
Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following sponsors for making Noah’s dreams become a reality:
- The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
- Everglades Holiday Park
- The Miami Seaquarium
- The Hard Rock Cafe
- Texas de Brazil
- The Mai Kai Restaurant and Polynesian Show
- Broward Sheriff’s Office