At the young age of 8, Amauri has spent more time in hospitals than at home due to his sickle cell blood disorder.
He dealt with frequent infections, feeding tubes, even taking more than 30 medications a day. And then, Amauri was told he needed a bone marrow transplant. His doctors knew he and his family needed something positive to think about during the transplant process so they recommended Make-A-Wish.
Amauri’s mom didn’t know much about the organization, but she said yes after his Phoenix Children’s Hospital social worker explained how a wish might help.
“Make-A-Wish gives kids a voice when they need it most,” said Joanna, Amauri’s mom. “Through all the hospitals, medications, and procedures, it shows the kids that someone wants you to have fun. A wish gives kids hope.”
Amauri wasn’t sure what his wish should be at first, but as a long-time LEGO builder, he decided LEGOLAND would be his one true wish.
“Make-A-Wish Arizona went over and beyond for Amauri’s wish. Not only was LEGOLAND an incredible experience, but they also sent us to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and SeaWorld to round out the week,” said Joanna. “This whole trip was about Amauri being able to be a kid again and participate in everything, and it couldn’t have been better!”
“Amauri is so much more alive after his wish,” she continued. “His wish was his initiation into the real world after being isolated for over a year.”
Amauri has returned from his wish trip happy and energetic, and was even able to return to school. He still sees his bone marrow transplant team, specialists, and takes medication, but not nearly as much as before.
“From the bottom and my, and my family’s, heart, we thank Make-A-Wish for everything they have done,” said Joanna. “I don’t think they understand the magnitude of what they’ve done for this little boy – a stranger. I’m amazed this world is filled with so many truly good people.”