After a long, difficult, cold, snowy winter fraught with limitations caused by both the harsh weather and his life-threatening medical condition, a bit of light finally shone for Alex. His wish of a whirlwind vacation tour through the sunshine state, more specifically Orlando, would be granted, and just at the exact same time as he reached a significant medical breakthrough to celebrate.
Alex kicked off the festivities of his wish with a rock star treatment stay at Foxwoods, where he and his family were put up in a Spongebob decorated room, with a platter of milk and cookies awaiting their arrival. Next, a thunderous applause welcomed Alex to dinner at the Hard Rock Café, where he was introduced to his fellow diners by being led by his waitress down a central staircase to Journey’s classic tune “Don’t Stop Believin’” in his honor. The following day, Alex celebrated with family and friends at California Pizza Kitchen and was met with a Mario themed custom cake and suitcase fully stocked with travel essentials. “The send-off was so amazing, it could’ve been the wish,” commented Alex’s mother Debra.
Travel day marked Alex’s first plane ride, and he really made his first flight count, packing in visits to the Nickelodeon Suites Hotel, Disney World, LegoLand, Planet Hollywood, and iFly, and indoor skydiving facility. Alex was thrilled with his Spongebob themed accommodations at the hotel, taking full advantage of the water slides right outside his door. During the trip Alex discovered a new love of roller coasters, naming the Aerosmith Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster at Disney’s Hollywood Studios his favorite. Alex's mom said that he was the perfect age to take in all the wonders of LegoLand, and watching Alex indoor skydive at iFly, fully adorned in flight suit and goggles, was one of the greatest thrills of her life.
Alex's family was incredibly appreciative of the personal care and detailed planning that went into making Alex’s wish a reality. “Every effort was made to make things incredibly fun for my child and simple for the adults. Everything was taken care of,” mom said.
Story by Debbie Venech