HOUSTON, Texas. (January 2019): Emilie Skipper loves football, her favorite team is the Houston Texans and her favorite player is JJ Watt. Despite her love of the sport, Emilie has never been to a professional football game and it as always been her dream to see a live Texans game. Kids Wish Network, a children’s charity that grants wishes to kids with life-threatening illnesses strapped on their shoulder pads and helmets to make Emilie’s dream come true by sending her to see the Houston Texans play against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Emilie struggles with an autoimmune condition.
Emilie’s wish began when she and her family went to see the Texans play a home game against the Jaguars at the NRG Stadium in Houston. When she arrived, Emilie was greeted by a Texans representative who escorted her and her family to the sidelines to watch the Texans warm up. “I was so excited that we were so close. JJ Watt even smiled at me,” said Emilie.
After warm-up, Emilie and her family settled into their amazing seats which were only 15 rows away from the field on the home side of the stadium. Emilie had a fantastic time at the game, and was ecstatic when the Texans won in a blowout of 20 points to 7. Because of their win, the Texans would be heading to the playoffs. To remember her special day, Emilie was gifted a goodie bag filled with Texans swag including a hat, shirt, and a football to take home. After the game, Emilie and her family enjoyed dinner at Olive Garden.
“Giving our wish kids moments of joy and the chance to create once-in-a-life-time memories is what we’re all about,” said Kids Wish Network Executive Director Tam Lai.
Kids Wish Network is a national charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children with life-threatening conditions and struggling with life-altering situations. KWN provides trip expenses, meals, accommodations and additional spending monies to all wish families whenever traveling as applicable. Visit www.kidswishnetwork.org to learn about our different programs, and find out how you can help make dreams come true and sponsor a wish for a deserving child.