“I had so much fun… It was an experience I’ll always remember.”
At 4 months old, Dominic had a fever and rashes. At 15 months, he was showing developmental delays, making no attempt to crawl or stand. He was also having trouble gaining weight. It was discovered that Dominic has juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA), which causes severe joint inflammation, stiffness and pain. As a toddler, he was also diagnosed with failure to thrive – occurring when weight or rate of weight gain is much lower than other children the same age. Dominic requires a gastrointestinal feeding tube to help him get the nutrition he desperately needs. He has a routine battery of tests and treatments including arthritis shots, a feeding tube replacement every 10 weeks, an inhaler twice a day and frequent checkups. He also uses an adaptive stroller – he can’t walk long distances. When Dominic has inflammation flare ups, he’s in debilitating pain. Even though he’s been through so much, Dominic’s mom describes him as joyful, bright and heroic with a sunshine spirit.
He is wild about watching the live-action/animated series Wild Kratts on PBS Kids, so Kids Wish Network went on a quest to send Dominic on an educational expedition. For Dominic’s wish, he would be seeing his favorite brothers Chris and Martin Kratt performing in the theatrical stage show Wild Kratts Live!, and spending time with the dynamic duo.
Dominic’s adventure began after arriving in Milwaukee. They satiated their beastly appetites having lunch at Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery. Then it was show time! They ventured to the Riverside Theater for Wild Kratts Live!, and watched the brothers in action during their engaging and educational live stage performance.
The discovery continued when Dominic and his family met with Chris and Martin Kratt backstage. They spent time together taking pictures, talking about the show and each other’s interests. The Kratt brothers also kindly gifted Dominic’s family with gift bags filled with Wild Kratts toys and clothes. “I had so much fun,” said Dominic. “It was an experience I’ll always remember.”
Dominic’s adventure unfolded with even more exploration. At a later date, Kids Wish Network flew Dominic and his family to Orlando, Florida to experience all the Disney magic. He loved all the rides and making special memories with his family.
Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following sponsors for making Dominic’s dreams become a reality:
- Wild Kratts (Chris and Martin Kratt)
- Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
- DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando – Disney Springs Area