“Everything was wonderful. The wish also further inspired Connor and reinforced his dream to become a first responder.”
Connor experienced a series of episodes where he was zoning out and having difficulty remaining focused at school. Initially, he was diagnosed with ADHD, but his mom had a feeling there was another underlying issue. She urged his doctor for further testing, and it was discovered that Connor had epilepsy, a brain disorder that causes recurring seizures. His episodes have been severe, and Connor is currently on medications to help control his condition. He also experiences fatigue. It’s not easy being one of the only kids who cannot play sports.
Connor is soulful and insightful. He enjoys writing, playing his guitar, learning about history, fine dining and watching law enforcement shows. He dreams about being a paramedic or police officer when he grows up, and wanted to travel and experience new places. With all of his interests in mind, Kids Wish Network planned Connor’s momentous wish.
Kids Wish Network flew Connor’s family to New York City, where they enjoyed world-class accommodations at the renowned Conrad New York. The hotel went all out in making Connor’s wish extraordinary, and arranged special visits with the NYPD and Santa. The NYPD gave Connor treasured mementos including an official NYPD hat, and Santa brought him additional presents and joy that filled his holiday with extra cheer. He said, “The NYPD and Santa were such a surprise!”
The City also had so many places to discover. Connor explored The American Museum of Natural History and the 9/11 Tribute Museum. With his love of history and career aspirations, the tours were very meaningful. Connor said, “Our tour guide at the 9/11 Museum was actually a first responder during 9/11.”
During the wish, Connor’s family had unforgettable dining experiences at The Palm West Side, The Capital Grille, One Dine Restaurant and Pier A Harbor House. They also enjoyed spectacular desserts at the iconic Serendipity 3.
“Everything was wonderful,” said his mom. “The wish also further inspired Connor and reinforced his dream to become a first responder.”