“His wish was an amazing experience that he’ll never forget. I hope one day he can become whatever he wants to be.”
At 12 months old, Carlos was crying a lot – yet the cause of his upset remained unknown. When Carlos was 3, he alarmingly had seven broken bones. It was finally discovered that he has osteogenesis imperfecta type 1, an inherited condition also known as brittle bone disease. Carlos has been hospitalized twice for surgeries to insert and remove pins. Even though he’s very fragile, he believes in his dreams. Carlos is greatly inspired by WWE champion AJ Styles, and would role-play wrestling maneuvers on soft pillows. Kids Wish Network jumped into the ring for Carlos… he would have the most “phenomenal” wish attending a WWE live event and meeting his wrestling idol AJ Styles!
“When Carlos’ wish coordinator first told us about his wish, I started crying,” said his mom Andrea. “I never thought he would be able to go.”
Kids Wish Network flew Carlos and his mom to Tampa, Florida. Blue One Transportation chauffeured them to the beautiful Tampa Marriot Waterside Hotel & Marina, who made his stay extra special surprising him with a wrestling themed cake. The main event was the following day.
The excitement for Carlos started even before the WWE live event. He met face-to-face with WWE Superstar AJ Styles. They spent private time talking, taking photos, and Carlos even got to hold AJ’s prestigious WWE Championship. He was also graciously gifted a WWE shirt, gloves, hat and Official Program that AJ personally signed for him. Carlos also gave AJ a special gift on behalf of Kids Wish… a custom shirt with a design replicating AJ Styles’ treasured WWE Championship.
Then there was a special surprise… in walked SmackDown LIVE Superstar Carmella, who also gave Carlos her full attention for an amazing WWE experience. It was a special win-win for Carlos… he felt like a champion!
“AJ Styles and Carmella were so genuine, gentle and caring with Carlos,” said his mom.
After spending time with AJ Styles and Carmella, Carlos saw many WWE Superstars in action at the SmackDown LIVE event that evening. Carlos said he learned some new moves and liked seeing Carmella moonwalk.
During the Tampa portion of Carlos’ wish, he and his mom enjoyed dinners at American Social and The Sail. Then it was off to Orlando to experience magical moments at Disney’s Magic Kingdom. They stayed at the beautiful Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort, and experienced a memorable dinner at The Edison, and a very animated character breakfast meeting Goofy and Pluto at the Lakeview Restaurant.
“Kids Wish Network went above and beyond… everything was wonderful,” said Carlos’ mom.
“My favorite memory was seeing his face meeting AJ Styles and Carmella. He came home excited, and I see him happier now. I hope one day he can become whatever he wants to be. Carlos’ wish was an amazing experience that he’ll never forget and I’m so grateful to everyone.”
Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following sponsors for making Carlos’ dreams become a reality:
- AJ Styles
- Tampa Marriot Waterside Hotel & Marina (Tampa)
- American Social (Tampa)
- The Sail (Tampa)
- Blue One Transportation
- Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort (Orlando)
- The Edison (Lake Buena Vista)
- Lakeview Restaurant (Lake Buena Vista)