Donald and Joseph both suffer from a life-threatening auto immune disease. Donald was diagnosed when his family noticed he was starting to lose weight so they took him to the doctor to get checked. Joseph was diagnosed shortly after his brother when his parents noticed he was displaying similar symptoms to Donald before he was diagnosed.
Despite living in the state of New York their entire lives, Donald and Joseph hadn’t really been to the city and they had always wanted to explore all the major attractions downtown. Kids Wish Network helped Donald & Joseph realize their dream by facilitating a four-day trip to the heart of New York City. Donald and Joseph were excited about starting their trip.
Their wish started when Donald and Joseph traveled by train from Albany New York to Penn Station in New York City. Once they arrived they checked into the historic Roosevelt Hotel to unwind from their long ride. After settling in Donald and Joseph went to Madame Tussauds, a museum specializing in wax replicas of famous celebrities. Donald and Joseph had a blast looking at and taking pictures with all the wax figures.
The next day arrangements were made for them to visit the American Museum of Natural History. Donald and Joseph had a blast exploring the various exhibits and learning about the natural history of the world. After their fun filled educational experience Donald and Joseph were treated to a high-end dinner at The Palm West Side, a fine dining restaurant. There, Donald and Joseph had one of the best meals they had ever had.
The following day Kids Wish Network arranged for the brothers to visit the Statue of Liberty. To begin their excursion Donald and Joseph boarded a ferry from Battery Park to Liberty Island. Once they had gone through security and screening they were led on an amazing tour of the statue and liberty island by a Park Ranger. Next the brothers went on a tour of NBC studios where they got a behind the scenes look at how one of Americas largest broadcasting stations operates. Not only did they get an in depth look at various NBC studios but they were even able to create their own mock news show. After their tour filled day Donald and Joseph were treated to an exciting dinner at Dave & Buster’s. They had an exhilarating time playing arcade games and the staff at Dave and Buster’s even set up a private room for them to eat in.
The final day of the wish Donald and Joseph went to Ripley’s Believe It or Not in Times Square. They had a blast learning about all the wacky oddities on display there. Donald and Joseph had a blast on their wish and enjoyed every second of their adventure.
Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following sponsors for making Donald & Joseph’s dreams become a reality:
- National Park Service, Statue of Liberty
- American Museum of Natural History
- Madam Tussauds NYC
- Ripley’s Believe it or Not Odditorium Times Square
- NBC Studio NYC
- The Palm West Side New York
- Dave & Buster’s Times Square
- The Roosevelt Hotel