Patrick was born with Tetralogy of Fallot, a rare heart condition that is the result of four heart defects present at birth. Patrick has had to have multiple open-heart surgeries throughout his life, and will need subsequent surgeries in the years to come. Patrick is required to have frequent checkups with doctors in order to monitor and treat his condition and will likely require follow ups for the rest of his life.
Despite his conditions, Patrick is incredibly appreciative of all the good in his life. Patrick loves tropical places and it has always been a wish of his to be able to go on a tropical cruise to paradise. Kids wish Network helped make Patrick’s wish come true by facilitating a seven-day cruise to the Bahamas with Carnival Cruise Lines for him and his family. Patrick was ecstatic about his wish, and it gave both him and his family something to look forward to.
Patrick’s wish began when he and his family arrived in Baltimore to board their cruise ship and set sail for the Bahamas. Patrick and his family had fun exploring the ship, and the crew arranged for a photographer to take photos of him and his family. The crew even had a special cake made for Patrick. Patrick’s mom Lauren was incredibly happy that the crew had gone so far to make Patrick’s wish so special.
On the third day, the cruise ship arrived at Grand Turk island where Patrick and his family spent the day snorkeling and lounging on the beach. The next day the cruise dropped anchor at Half-moon Cay where Patrick and his family had a relaxing time going horseback riding along the beach. Patrick’s mother especially loved this part of the wish and had a truly special time going horseback riding with her son. The next day the cruise arrived at the city of Freeport, where Patrick and his family were able to swim and play with dolphins, something Patrick had been wanting to do for a very long time. Patrick and his family also loved going to the various shops at the different ports they stopped in. On one of the last days of their adventure, Patrick found a beautiful wooden cane at a small store specializing in woodwork to take home with him as a souvenir.
Kids Wish Network would like to thank Carnival Cruise Lines for helping to make Patrick’s dreams become a reality.