For Enoch, an 8-year-old boy from Bismarck, living with sickle cell disease means living with pain and constantly battling to keep his condition under control. It’s a familiar struggle for his parents, Enoch has two other siblings with the disease.
When Enoch was referred to Make-A-Wish® North Dakota he began thinking about all the options and what his one true wish would be. For Enoch, it was an easy decision. He wanted to stay at LEGOLAND® Hotel in Florida. When he thought about his wish, he thought about Legos, the pool at the hotel, and keeping busy with lots of activities.
Enoch’s wish was revealed to him during a Lego event at Barnes & Noble. Then, Enoch had the pleasure of sharing with everyone at the World of Wishes gala that his wish was the chapter’s 800th wish granted.
The day after a blizzard, Enoch and his parents boarded their flight and left behind the snow and cold and landed in sunny Florida! It was a great change of scenery. When the family arrived in Florida they made their way to LEGOLAND Hotel. The very next day, Enoch was able to visit LEGOLAND and take part in a Master Model Builder Experience. Plus, browse the 100,000 piece supply of LEGO bricks. A definite win for this LEGO loving kid.
Besides LEGOLAND, Enoch spent time at the pool at the LEGOLAND Hotel and relaxed and soaked up the sun. He was happy to be making lifelong memories with his parents during his wish.
The smile on his face shows just how wonderful his wish was.
Enoch’s wish was an exciting milestone for the North Dakota chapter. Make-A-Wish North Dakota President and CEO, Billi Jo Zielinski says, “We are so excited to announce this milestone wish. Our vision is to reach every eligible child in the state of North Dakota.” Granting heartfelt wishes takes a whole team of people. From volunteers who serve as wish granters to donors who provide financial means to make wishes come true to referral sources and corporate partners, we all play a part in transforming lives, one wish at a time. “Through the generosity of others, we are able to send Enoch and his family off on the adventure of a lifetime and we couldn’t be more proud to do so,” said Zielinski.