Both Gavin and Zakary were recently diagnosed with classical homocystinuria, an inherited disorder of the metabolism that leads to an abnormal accumulation of homocysteine and its metabolites. The disorder requires both Gavin and Zakary to be placed on a special diet that restricts their protein intake and requires them to take at least seven different types of medication. In addition to this strict diet, both Gavin and Zakary must also regularly visit a cardiologist, geneticist, and a specialized ADHD doctor in order to monitor and reduce the symptoms of the disorder.
Their condition makes it hard for both Zakary and Gavin to stay on top of their studies while they juggle numerous doctor appointments and medications. The medication they must take can make them tired during the day, and because of their disorder, they cannot play contact sports. Despite their inability to play sports, both brothers still love watching baseball, basketball, and football. For their wish, they hoped to take a family vacation.
For Gavin and Zakary’s wish, Kids Wish Network granted them monetary gift cards for them to design their family vacation at their leisure.