Our two youngest boys came back with blasts (leukemia cells) in their bone marrow way back in 2000. Because of this, the doctors put them in for a wish through Make-A-Wish Foundation. At the time, we had to undergo more frequent bone marrow biopsies to check on their marrow and the doctors HLA typed us thinking the boys would be headed to bone marrow transplant. With our youngest not having a sibling match, they didn't know for sure if they would even attempt a transplant. Medical science has come a long way in 11 years, but our youngest doesn't have a donor match in the bone marrow registry. Once again in 2006, our family was HLA typed because the doctors at CCHMC in Cincinnati felt Joseph was headed toward transplant. We even worked with a donor search coordinator who completed a preliminary donor search and we found that there was no match should Joseph need to go to transplant. Once again, we were repeating bone marrow biopsies every 3 and then 6 months. Life was once again crazy.
Make-A-Wish Foundation provided our family with a much needed break from our day to day medical worries and procedures. Sean wished to meet Steve from Blue's Clues and Joseph wished to meet Pooh Bear. Joseph was so very cute. His second wish, if he was not able to MEET Pooh Bear was to BE Pooh Bear. Make-A-Wish sent our family to New York City to meet Steve and to Walt Disney World to meet Pooh Bear.
|Our Family with Steve|
|Joseph with Pooh Bear at Disney World|
Our oldest also had his dream come true when Brett Favre, through his Fourward Foundation gave him tickets to see the Packers play at Lambeau field. It was a great experience. I drove with the three boys over 16 hours to get to Lambeau field for the game and Joseph puked a few times.... but that is life with chronicaly ill kids, right!?
|The boys in their seats at Lambeau Field. Sept 2006|
Why Make-A-Wish (this was the original title in the non-profit newsletter. AC changed the title)
Sean's Make a Wish Story
Matthew's dream comes true in a Pilgrimage to Lambeau Field
More pictures from our wish and dream adventures!
|Sean with Steve|
|Sean at our house the day the wish granters came to visit.|
|The tickets left for me at Will Call|
|The boys after the game with a few Packers players.|
|The view from our seats....right on the 50 yeard line!|
|Matthew getting into the game.|
|Matthew as we were leaving the stadium.|
|Joseph with the Packers players.|
|Joseph in the Hall of Fame|
|Sean and Joseph in the Hall of Fame|
|Sean and Joseph next to Favre's uniform. Matthew was off reading the signs at the museum!|
|The boys after buying their new cheeseheads|
|In the atrium as we just arrived|
|Outside Lambeau Field as we were leaving.|
|Close up-- used this as our Christmas Card cover!|