“My favorite memory was seeing Blake smile. It was amazing seeing his reaction to something that he watched for years.”
Blake was born with a hole in his heart. At only 6 weeks old, he underwent surgery to repair it. Challenges kept coming. Blake has Down syndrome, autism, and atlantoaxial instabilities, a separation in the spine that can originate from congenital conditions. Years later, the unthinkable happened. The gap in Blake’s spine dangerously widened after he was hit by a car… nothing remained to hold his back in place. Blake had to wear a back brace and undergo surgery to remove 11 of his ribs and insert a rod. He lost a large amount of blood, and also needed a blood transfusion. He still tires easily from walking, and his family travels from Michigan to Philadelphia every 6 to 8 weeks for medical visits to monitor his progress.
Blake’s happiness comes from watching his favorite TV show Henry Danger on Nickelodeon. He had no idea that his wish would have him joining his idolized superheroes Kid Danger and Captain Man on the set of Henry Danger!
Kids Wish Network flew Blake and his family to Los Angeles. Blake felt like a Hollywood celebrity with all of his VIP treatment. On his big day, Exclusive Sedan Service chauffeured his family to The Burbank Studios. It was lights, camera, action on the set of Henry Danger! Blake was taken through each scene where the actors did their run through. Then Blake excitedly met the stars, took pictures together, and personally received signed photos from Jace Norman (Kid Danger), Cooper Barnes (Captain Man), Riele Downs (Charlotte), Sean Ryan Fox (Jasper), Ella Anderson (Piper) and Michael D. Cohen (Schwoz).
After hanging out with the cast, actor Cooper Barnes (Captain Man) gave Blake a private tour of the set. Blake experienced Henry Danger’s top-secret Man Cave. While on the set, Blake role-played at the control panel and went “up the tube” with Kid Danger Jace Norman. Cooper Barnes also taught him some of his own superhero moves. Blake felt like one too when they pretended to kick down doors and fight crime together. “They were like best friends,” said Blake’s mom Kristie. “Cooper Barnes stepped up and took on Blake like he was one of his own. Blake has speech issues, and it was like Cooper knew exactly what he was saying when he said it… he was a saint to do that.”
“My favorite memory was seeing Blake smile,” said his mom. “It was amazing seeing his reaction to something that he watched for years.”
Blake also received special mementos… He was gifted a duffel bag filled with Henry Danger merchandise. After seeing how excited Blake was with the “tubes” on the set, Cooper Barnes also thoughtfully arranged for their production team to send Blake clear plastic tubes filled with Henry Danger themed gumballs.
During the wish, the family stayed at the beautiful Double Tree by Hilton Los Angeles Downtown hotel. They also visited Universal Studios Hollywood, and enjoyed dinners at The Palm Restaurant, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. and The Hard Rock Café.
“Blake’s been through so much… and it’s been amazing to have a day for him where he’s not in the hospital, not seeing a doctor, and where he’s doing something that we didn’t think was possible,” said his mom. “It’s wonderful to know that there’s good things that recognize him and show him that his fight is appreciated. The impact that his wish made is going to be memorable for him forever.”
Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following sponsors for making Blake’s dreams become a reality:
- Jace Norman
- Cooper Barnes
- Double Tree by Hilton Los Angeles Downtown
- Universal Studios Hollywood
- The Palm Restaurant Los Angeles
- Hard Rock Café in Hollywood
- Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. in Universal City
- Exclusive Sedan Service