Michael loves telling people about Monster Jam, Mad Max, and just about any other video game on the market today. He is especially happy to play games that involve race cars because, he has a “need for speed.”
Michael, who was diagnosed with renal disease and had a kidney transplant at the age of 3, spends a lot of time playing video games to have fun with friends and to be “active” in his own way.
“Michael has been through so much, so many surgeries, and due to that, he will always be in a wheelchair,” said Sylvia, his mother. “Right now, his health is stable but he will have to take medication daily, probably for the rest of his life.”
Yet, Michael’s condition never gets him down and it was that super happy, super fun kid who wish granters met at a special wish kid party early in his wish.
“Michael still has the best attitude,” said Sylvia. “When he met with his wish granters and told them he wanted to latest [Sony] Play Station and games, he had no idea what they could do with that wish.
His wish granters not only organized a new PlayStation and some games for Michael, but they helped to create a “gaming wall” in his bedroom, with a mounted high-definition television, tons of new games, and even special chairs so he can continue to enjoy doing what he loves with friends and family.
“I was so excited, I did not expect all of this. I was happier when I found out I was going to get a gaming center in my room!” said Michael when he learned about his wish.
The anticipation motivated Michael and gave him something to think about during his treatments.
“When Michael is set on one thing, he focuses all his energy on that one thing, and this was no different. He would come home every day after school asking if the room was ready, it was so fun to see him so happy,” said Sylvia.
After the room was completed, Michael said “I ran in, well not ran in, but I wheeled in so fast! I was so excited, it had it all... a brand-new PlayStation, a TV, entertainment center, games, and even my favorite video game, Monster Jam!”
Michael and his family were in awe after the completion of the room, thankful for what Make-A-Wish Arizona and its volunteers had created for Michael.
“He feels so special that he has his own space, it is really cute because we will have movie night in there now, his brother and I are able to all go in and watch a movie together, and it just brings him so much joy,” said Sylvia.