Make-A-Wish® North Dakota is celebrating its 800th wish by sending Enoch to LEGOLAND® Hotel. Enoch, an 8-year-old boy from Bismarck with sickle cell disease, has taken off for the experience of a lifetime. Make-A-Wish North Dakota is granting his wish to go to LEGOLAND Hotel in Florida.
On December 26th, Enoch and his family were supposed to leave behind the cold and snow for the Sunshine State and land in Orlando, Florida. However, due to the blizzard, their departure was delayed. The family has now departed and will begin their wish one day late. Once Enoch and his family arrive in Florida later today they will have ample opportunity for adventure and exploring all that LEGOLAND has to offer.
While at LEGOLAND, Enoch will get to take part in the Master Builder Experience where he can become a master at building Legos. He will also have the opportunity to visit all of the different parks of LEGOLAND including Fun Town, LEGO® Kingdoms and the Land of Adventure.
Enoch and his family will also be able to enjoy the swimming pool at LEGOLAND Hotel and even check out the Walt Disney World® Resort theme parks during the wish.
For Enoch and his family this trip is an opportunity to forget about living with sickle cell disease and have fun, make memories, and be together as a family. The memories built on this trip will last the family a lifetime and make Enoch’s world that much more magical.
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. “Today, 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.
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true has positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illness, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Since the chapter’s inception in 1985 and with the help of generous donors and more than 145 volunteers, Make-A-Wish North Dakota has granted 800 wishes to children across the state; 40 in 2016 alone.