Blayze is from a small town, so when he was diagnosed with a rare form of epilepsy called Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome at 5 years old, it was something his family had never seen before.
“Blayze would start laughing hysterically and he’s a silly kid so I thought he was just goofing around at first, but then we realized something was wrong,” said his mom, Hollie. “We learned he has forms of seizures where sometimes he laughs, screams or even runs around because he feels like something is crawling inside his body.”
“We were seeing him have up to 15 seizures per day until we got a device to track them. Then we found out he actually averages about 88 seizures per day; most of them we aren’t able to see,” she continued.
Similar to the ‘obliviate’ charm in the Harry Potter movies, Blayze’s frequent amount of seizures began to affect his memory. So when Blayze and his family learned he could have a wish, he knew he wanted to travel to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios to see his favorite magical world come to life.
He never expected to have so much fun before they even arrived in Florida.
“Blayze met another wish kid at the airport named Cole and they became instant friends,” said Hollie. “It turned out they had the same wish to go to the theme parks and we flew to Florida and back to Arizona together. They even sat next to each other on the plane.”
Once they arrived, Blayze couldn’t wait to use his Harry Potter wand to cast spells and make things come to life. He also had a front-of-the-line pass for the rides and enjoyed meeting his favorite characters at Universal Studios and Walt Disney World parks.
“Blayze loved wearing his ‘Wish Kid’ shirt! That’s all he wanted to wear everywhere he went,” she said. “Meeting the superheroes was a big highlight and he really loved talking to Shrek and Donkey.”
One of the best parts for Blayze was receiving permission from his neurologist to go on thrill rides.
“The biggest ride Blayze has been on before was Splash Mountain, but during his wish, he went on his first roller coaster, The Incredible Hulk Coaster, five times!” Hollie said.
Roller coasters weren’t the only daring thing Blayze experienced during his wish. Before they flew home, Blayze’s family made one last stop to sample a local delicacy.
“My husband used to live in Florida and we went to Gatorland because Blayze really wanted to try alligator for the first time,” she said. “The kids had so much fun and that day ended up being one of the best memories of the whole trip!”
Blayze is now in fifth grade and an honorary member of the high school football team in his town. Since his wish experience, he proudly displays all of his wish buttons in his room.
“He still talks about the wish a lot, wears his Harry Potter robe and uses his wand while watching the movies,” said Hollie. “Blayze doesn’t have a great memory because of his condition, but it’s pretty cool that he’s able to remember so many details from his wish.”