“All this for me!”
Joey suffers from cerebral palsy, a congenital disorder of movement, muscle tone, and posture. Joey has to be on a strict schedule of various physical therapies and can’t do what most children his age can. Referred by Joe DiMaggio Hospital Joey was nominated to have his wish granted by Kids Wish Network and was sponsored personally by board member Mr. Andrew Gottlieb. Because of the extended time he spent in the hospital and the bravery he displayed during his stay Joey was nominated a hero of the month and was surprised with his Happy Halloween wish and a big bag of toys.
Joey has had multiple surgeries as a result of his condition and doctors believed that he would never be able to walk on his own. But Joey persevered and made tremendous progress during his recovery, now he is able to take a few small steps at a time with the help of his walker. Joey’s only wish was to swim in a big pool and shop at his favorite store Wal-Mart. Kids Wish Network revealed his wondrous wish to him at their Halloween toy giving event for children hosted at the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. Joey was dressed up as his favorite musician Gene Simmons and was excited just to be a part of the toy giving event. He had no idea about the surprises in store for him. Kids Wish Network Executive Director Tam Lai and Board Member Andrew Gottlieb were there to reveal Joey’s special wish.
Before the big reveal in front of all the nurses that cared for him during his recovery Mrs. Lai and Mr. Gottlieb presented Joey with a massive bag of toys just for him. Included were toys from some of Joey’s favorite cartoons such as a Scooby Doo coloring book, a PJ Masks plush figure and brand new swimsuits for him to wear during his cruise. “I loved spending time with Joey, I’m so happy I was able to put a smile on his face,” said Mr. Gottlieb.
After Joey unpacked all his awesome new toys Mr. Gottlieb gave him a huge high-five and presented him with a $500 Wal-Mart gift card. “All this for me,” exclaimed Joey in disbelief. He was ecstatic about his gift card and couldn’t wait to use it. After giving Joey his generous gift card Mr. Gottlieb revealed that Joey and his mom would set sail on a Caribbean Cruise in the near future. Joey and his mom were overjoyed and can’t wait for the second part of his wish.
Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following sponsors for making Joey’s dreams become a reality:
- Andrew Gottlieb
- Sam’s Club