Wish kid feels like fam with Family Guys Seth MacFarlane

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (July 2019): It was more than chance for Chance Yon, who spent a magical afternoon with Seth MacFarlane, touring the studios of Family Guy, American Dad! and The Orville. He received his comically colorful wish through Kids Wish Network, a children’s charity that grants wishes for kids with life-threatening illnesses. Chance suffers from cerebral palsy, ROHHAD, neurological issues and visual impairment.

Kids Wish Network flew Chance and his family to Los Angeles to experience his favorite sitcom Family Guy. When Chance arrived at The Orville’s studio, he was greeted by balloons, welcome signs and show creator Seth MacFarlane. Everything was personalized, from his favorite color to his favorite meal that he enjoyed as MacFarlane drew and signed sketches of Chance’s most adored characters. He also performed voices, and made calls to fellow actors Seth Green (Chris Griffin) and Mila Kunis (Meg Griffin) to chat with their honorary Family member. “I cried when he first met Mr. MacFarlane,” said Chance’s mom. “I was overwhelmed with the way he spoke with him, like they were old friends.” Chance showed his appreciation giving MacFarlane a painting that he made for him, and a custom Family Guy shirt from Kids Wish Network, matching the one he was wearing.

At the Family Guy&American Dad! studio, Chance spent time with writers, animators and his favorite Family Guy director John Holmquist. “Everyone was amazing with Chance and treated him like he was a part of their family,” said his mom. “They thanked me for sharing Chance with them.” He got to preview a future episode, digitally color a scene, and animators transformed him into his own character to create extraordinary mementos. MacFarlane gave him a framed and signed picture of Chance watching TV with Family Guy’s family, and gifted a custom video of Family Guy, produced with audio that Chance and his mom voiced in the recording studio. He also received lots of memorabilia from Family GuyAmerican Dad! and The Orville. He took home so many souvenirs and memories, with one taking him to new heights. After learning that Chance’s flight to California was his first and not very comfortable, MacFarlane surprised Chance by chauffeuring him home on his private jet. His mom said, “As we were packing, Tambra (Kids Wish Network coordinator) knocked on our door and gave us unbelievable news that Mr. MacFarlane wanted to fly us home! There were so many moments that I had to choke back tears.” Chance jokingly said he’s no longer flying commercial. During the wish, they enjoyed stylish accommodations at the iconic Andaz West Hollywood.

Kids Wish Network Executive Director Tam Lai said, “Mr. MacFarlane, I’m grateful for your abounding kindness. Chance’s sweetness was so endearing to us, and we’re so happy that he touched your heart as well.”

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 for 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 refer a child now.

 

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Seth MacFarlane

Seth Woodbury MacFarlane is an American actor, animator, filmmaker, comedian, and singer. MacFarlane is the creator of the TV series Family Guy and The Orville, and co-creator of the TV series American Dad! and The Cleveland Show.

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    I’ve been blessed with having a “chance” to view the world and life from a different angle. Having a child with a rare disorder comes with a whole new world, one you can’t even imagine if you haven’t been there. Everything is a battle, from getting the right doctors to listen to you, and getting the appropriate therapies to help your child excel to making sure they have the best opportunities to be the best that they can be. This world is not adapted for our kids, and sometimes it seems next to impossible to adapt them to this world. But beyond all of this, it is truly rewarding! Chance has taught me to cherish the small things, to appreciate that the rainbows only come after the rain, to stop and smell the roses and feel the wind in your face. He has changed me tremendously as a person and for that I am forever grateful.

    I began trying to get Chance a wish granted several years ago when he was diagnosed with ROHHAD (rapid-onset obesity (RO) with hypothalamic dysregulation (H), hypoventilation (H), and autonomic dysregulation (AD). It is a rare, life-threatening syndrome that affects the autonomic nervous system (which controls involuntary actions like breathing and your heartbeat and the endocrine system.) He had already been diagnosed with several rare neurological disorders, hormone deficiencies and a visual impairment along with cerebral palsy and autism. Most coming at birth or within the first few years of his life. He was not expected to live past the first 24 hours much less graduate from the NICU, start school, talk, laugh etc. So, every second I have with him is precious! I tried and tried to get a wish granted for him but for certain wish organizations he just wasn’t “critical” enough for their guidelines. I wanted Chance to enjoy his wish and be able to participate without feeling ill. So, I reached out to Kids Wish Network and applied. The process was quick! Chance had his interview and within a few weeks we got the call that his wish had been granted and that he would be touring the set of Family Guy and meeting Seth MacFarlane in person for lunch! He was ecstatic!! We all were!! Chance is a lifelong fan of Family Guy, so this was an incredible opportunity for him!

    Although flying with a special needs child in a wheelchair was anything but comfortable for him, we made it to LA. The hotel staff greeted us in the lobby and were so accommodating! Chance even received a personalized card that the staff had personally signed for him! Tuesday morning, we were off to the studio and had no idea what they had in store for him! On the door of the studio was a personalized Family Guy sign welcoming Chance! Everyone in the studio was so welcoming and friendly to Chance. They made us feel like “family”! Expressing their gratitude of sharing Chance with them at every opportunity! He met the writers, his favorite director, the color artists, he got to preview an upcoming scene for the new season, record lines of “Chris” and personally speak with the staff at the studio. Everyone spent so much time listening to him and answering his questions! He was then presented with so many gifts I cannot name them all!! We then prepared for Chance’s most exciting part of the day, meeting Mr. MacFarlane!! We arrived at his office and there were red balloons (Chance’s favorite color!) all over the office with “Welcome Chance!” personally written on them! And when Mr. MacFarlane walked around the corner, Chance’s eyes lit up and he squealed with delight! “Seth MacFarlane!!!” From the time they met it was like they were old friends. Mr. MacFarlane didn’t act uncomfortable around Chance as so many people do. It was a casual encounter where he sketched Chance’s favorite characters, spoke in the different character voices and even made phone calls to Seth Green and Mila Kunis so Chance could personally speak to them! He even had Chance’s favorite meal, Chicken McNuggets!! Mr. MacFarlane, in conversation, asked Chance about his flight out to LA. And Chance being Chance, he was very forthcoming with his displeasure with the commercial airline industry and how people with disabilities and in wheelchairs are treated. With Chance exhausted, we said our goodbyes and headed back to the hotel to relax before a very exhausting and stressful day we had flying home the next day. Within an hour of being at the hotel, I received a phone call. Mr. MacFarlane wanted to fly us home in his PRIVATE JET! We were ecstatic at the genuine concern and generosity Mr. MacFarlane had for Chance! We flew into Cape Girardeau Regional Airport and were greeted by the Cape Girardeau Fire Department and Police Department. They helped Chance get off the plane and then presented him with a tote full of “swag”!! He was able to check out the firetruck and police cruiser and ask questions before they left!

    This wish was an amazing opportunity for Chance, but also for me and his brother Spencer who went along to help me with Chance. To be able to see him enjoy things and be excited, and forget about the day to day medical stuff he deals with was beyond anything I can explain in words. When you have a child with an incurable disorder that is life threatening, you cherish every single thing that makes their life happy and enjoyable. Because of Kids Wish Network, Family Guy Studios, Seth MacFarlane and all of his staff we were able to see the light in Chance’s eyes and the smile on his face as he was able to enjoy just being a teenager!

    I wish I could name everyone that made this so special for Chance, but I am sure I would leave someone out unknowingly. So I will say, THANK YOU to EVERYONE who had a part in this!

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    A special thanks goes out to our wish representative Tambra for making our trip so much more memorable! She and Chance had a special connection from the start! Thank you Tambra for being so amazing to Chance and my family! We will never forget you! (Look out for the video calls from Chance lol)