TAMPA, Fla. (March 2017): Cooper Gloege loves baseball. His favorite team is the Toronto Blue Jays, and he always wanted to see them play at a game. Kids Wish Network, a children’s charity that grants wishes for kids with life-threatening illnesses, flew Cooper and his family to Tampa, Florida for his special wish. Cooper has Long QT syndrome 1, an inherited disorder causing irregular heart activity that can cause arrhythmia, fainting and cardiac arrest.
After arriving in Tampa, Cooper and his family visited The Florida Aquarium, where he enjoyed a VIP experience exploring the aquarium and seeing all the sea life including sharks, turtles, and sea otters. After an amazing aquatic adventure, they experienced a scenic waterfront dinner at The Rusty Pelican. The family also had beautiful accommodations at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club.
The next day, Cooper was so excited to see the Toronto Blue Jays at Dunedin Stadium. He had a memorable morning being invited onto the field and watching them practice during spring training. After the initial practice, Cooper and his family made their way to the stands to find their seats for the big game. Cooper had a blast watching his favorite team play live. After a sporting day of baseball, Cooper and his family experienced picturesque waterfront dining at Bon Appetit Restaurant.
“We’re happy that Cooper was able to see his favorite team while also experiencing memorable Florida moments with his family,” 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.