“My favorite memory was seeing the awe on his face when Randy Orton walked through the door.”
Mason had always dealt with severe asthma and food allergies, but he was having a harder time breathing than usual. His mom took him to the doctor where a bronchoscopy was performed, and it was discovered that Mason’s trachea was collapsing almost every time he would breathe. This discovery lead to Mason’s diagnosis of tracheobronchomalacia, a rare condition that occurs when the walls of the airway are weak and can cause the airway to become narrow or collapse.
Since his diagnosis, Mason has been hospitalized several times with pneumonia, sometimes getting so severe that chest tubes are necessary to help drain his lungs. There currently isn’t a cure for his condition, so Mason relies on medications to help control his symptoms.
Despite his illness, Mason maintains his sense of humor. He enjoys watching baseball, football, and outdoor survivor themed shows. Mason also likes playing Minecraft, watching his favorite Star Wars movies, and most of all following the world of WWE wrestling. Kids Wish Network made their “signature move” creating the perfect wish for Mason.
Mason and his family enjoyed beautiful and modern accommodations at the Hilton Fort Wayne at the Grand Wayne Convention Center. “They had gifts waiting for him in the room when we arrived,” said Mason’s mom Lindsay. “Lots of snacks, local baseball team paraphernalia including a T-shirt, wooden baseball bats and a stuffed animal. They also left us a card signed by the entire staff, and treated us like royalty.”
The following day the family relaxed and went sightseeing in Fort Wayne. In the evening, they enjoyed a wonderful made-from-scratch dinner at the warm and welcoming Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen. “The staff was so amazing and interactive,” said Mason’s mom. Mason said, “I loved the food and our funny waitress.”
After dinner was the “main event”… Mason met WWE legendary wrestling superstar Randy Orton and attended WWE Raw. “My favorite memory was seeing the awe on his face when Randy Orton walked through the door,” said Mason’s mom. “Randy took great interest in Mason, asking him questions and really interacting with him. Randy also gave Mason a sweatshirt that he had worn in a previous match, hats, T-shirts, programs and lots of goodies that he signed in front of us.” Mason was also so excited to watch Randy in the night’s wrestling match. He said, “I got to sit so close and see him wrestle wearing the Kids Wish Network bracelet that I gave him!”
“He has been so happy and nothing but smiles since his wish came true,” said Mason’s mom. “It has helped him realize that good things do happen in spite of our struggles.”
Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following sponsors for making Mason’s dreams become a reality:
• Randy Orton and WWE
• Hilton Fort Wayne at the Grand Wayne Convention Center
• Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen
• Logan’s Roadhouse