BEAVER DAM, Wis. (October 2019): Carson is an imaginative little boy who frequently pretends he’s a news anchor. His appreciation for the news comes from watching his favorite anchor team Rebecca Ribley and Nick Buffo on WKOW 27’s Wake Up Wisconsin – he never misses a show.Carson also lovesswinging on the playground and wished for a swing set. He has Prader-Willi Syndrome, a rare genetic condition that affects appetite, growth, metabolism and the endocrine system. Kids Wish Network, a children’s charity that grants wishes for kids with life-threatening illnesses, made his dream come true, and it was BIG news.
Carson found out about his wish at the Melissa Mai Memorial Golf Scramble, an annual golf tournament by Kids Wish Network board member Jim Mai, in honor of the charity granting his daughter’s wish before losing her battle with cancer. The golf tournament is sponsoring Carson’s wish for a massive play structure right in his own backyard. He also found out about another surprise in a big way… a pretend “breaking news” segment was broadcasted on the big screen. His favorite Wake Up Wisconsin crew invited him to their studio to appear as a special guest on their show.
On Carson’s special day, he WAS the morning news. He spent time on-air with Wake Up Wisconsin anchors Rebecca Ribley, Nick Buffo and meteorologist Guy Brown. He also participated in the morning’s weather forecast. Following his big debut, he was delighted going behind the scenes touring the control room and being transformed with special effects on the green screen. After all the excitement at the studio, Carson and his family enjoyed breakfast with Ribley and Buffo. Carson had so much fun eating and playing with his new friends.
“My favorite memory was seeing him so happy,” said his mom Lynn. “They were just awesome with him and he has an open invitation to visit the news station again anytime.”
Kids Wish Network Executive Director Tam Lai said, “We’re so glad Carson’s local community came together in making his dream come true.”