For wish kid Geronimo, 14, there is nothing more important than his mom and dad. The family of three is very close and do much together, including dealing with Geronimo’s leukemia diagnosis.
“Geronimo was a very healthy kid so we were a little shocked when he was diagnosed with leukemia in 2016,” said his mother, Rebecca. He dealt well with all his treatment but his physicians really felt that the family needed something positive to focus on so they referred Geronimo for a wish.
“I wished to go to New York City because I wanted to see the Statue of Liberty because they talked about how it represents freedom in my history classes,” said Geronimo.
And, while Rebecca knows that Geronimo was looking forward to seeing the statue, she believes he selected New York City to do something special for his father too.
“His father is a huge Yankee’s fan, so we also made sure to visit Yankee Stadium,” said Rebecca. “I think that is why Geronimo really picked New York City – to grant his dad a wish because his dad is his hero and that is the kind of kid Geronimo is; he puts others first always.”
The family was joined by Geronimo’s cousin, who is like a brother to him.
“For me to share my wish experience with him and my parents made everything more special,” said Geronimo.
Geronimo and his family are very thankful for everyone who made his wish come true.
“I want to thank Rosa Maria, our wish granter, because she was really involved in the process, in everything that Gero wanted; she showed that she really cared about us,” said Rebecca. “Also, we are so thankful with Make-A-Wish Arizona for this experience, for giving the entire family the gift to smile and have a great time, but most importantly, to forget about Gero’s illness for a moment.”
Geronimo is in remission and heading back to school and he is excited to share his New York experience with his classmates and teachers.