Each wish child endures frightening and painful medical treatments. A wish experience can give back to wish children what a life-threatening medical condition can take away – the magic of childhood. Children are energized by their wish – by imagining, describing, planning and anticipating the moment it will happen. Families and doctors tell us that a wish can encourage a child to see a future and make recovery a reality. A wish come true provides a child with hope, strength and joy. We believe it is an integral part of the treatment received by a child battling a life-threatening medical condition.
Seven year-old Matthew has been a fan of STAR WARS® since he was a toddler, so it was no surprise to his family when Matthew wished to BE R2-D2, the famous droid from the Star Wars movies. Matthew’s unique wish of becoming R2-D2 was granted by Make-A-Wish® Oklahoma on February 13th. The life-size, drivable droid was designed and built by Little Mountain Productions, a local prop and set design company. Matthew was very excited when he first saw his very own R2-D2, which was presented to him at a Star Wars themed pep rally hosted by Bishop Kelley High School students. The students performed a Star Wars skit in which R2-D2 (a.k.a Matthew) saved the Princess! Matthew’s wish was unique, extraordinary and “out of this world” for a little boy who has been battling cancer over the past two years.
“It’s a pretty unique wish. It was absolutely incredible…so far beyond what I expected,” said Matthew’s mother, Tina.
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