“I wish to have a wheelchair!”
8-year-old Hadif is non-verbal so our wish granters had to work with Hadif and his family to discover his one true wish. Hadif's parents ultimately chose to wish for a lightweight folding wheelchair that can help him to get around, and allow his caregivers to easily keep the wheelchair when they are travelling in a car or public transport. The wheelchair's backrest and cushion were customised according to Hadif’s needs, ensuring that it supports his reduced trunk control and includes a pelvic and shoulder harness to keep him safe.
Although he is unable to verbalise his wish, Hadif has some receptive understanding of language. Each time ideas were presented to him, he showed a strong liking for The Minions, and this helped us to plan for a family outing to Universal Studios where he could test-run his wheelchair and meet & greet characters.
His wish started with minion-themed cookies and ice-cream mini party at his home where we surprised him with his new wheelchair. Hadif and his family then took a trip to Universal Studios where he could
explore the place in his new wheelchair. They were guided around the theme park by a VIP host, sat on some rides and met various characters, including his favourite - The Minions.
Hadif’s wish was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience for him. It takes the support of many to make wishes like his come true. Huge thanks to Drew & Napier for adopting his wish.
When a wish is granted, it does much more than bring joy to a child’s heart. For wish kids like Hadif, who are faced with critical illnesses, a wish-come-true provides them with the strength to battle through and hope for healthier, happier days ahead.