Everyone makes seemingly impossible resolutions for the New Year, but there is one thing we can all aspire to do and accomplish: be thankful. Jose’s wish is such a great example of how we can take simple things, like a local shopping trip, for granted.
Jose was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. He is still undergoing chemotherapy but has a great support team! His older and younger sisters make him laugh constantly and his parents are very in-tune with how he is feeling.
Jose wished to have a local shopping spree around the Oklahoma City area. His wish was granted January 29, 2012. From the moment he and his family got into the limousine, Jose never stopped smiling.
First stop was Best Buy. His wish granter Caroline said, “We knew he wanted a laptop and a Wii. He was so excited, and I think a little overwhelmed.” There was an employee waiting at the door that was bilingual and helped translate important technical information into Spanish for Jose’s parents, so Jose could focus on having fun. The Best Buy employee was so helpful and Jose had a lot of fun shopping with her! After getting his laptop they went and had lunch at Golden Corral. He had a blast eating and getting lots of dessert with his sisters!
Next was Walmart! When Jose arrived, the store manager greeted him and some employees had lined up at the door. Kianna, another wish granter said, “We got to walk through…it was like a victory tunnel! They were all clapping and cheering! They were the most genuine, sweetest people you could ever imagine.” After opening his Wii and shopping for some DVDs, Jose was ready for Game Stop.
“They [Game Stop employees] gave Jose an employee nametag with his name on it; he was picking out games left and right!” Kianna said. His sisters would suggest games to him that they would like to play and although he at first would shake his head…he grabbed plenty of racing and dancing games that he knew they would like to play with him.
Caroline said, “It was neat to watch these children translate for their parents and for us during the wish. The employee at Best Buy was also very helpful when it came to explaining purchases of large electronics.” Make-A-Wish® Oklahoma is always looking for bilingual volunteers to assist in wishes such as Jose’s. (Contact Us if you are interested in helping)
At the end of his shopping spree, Jose was speechless. All he could do was smile from ear to ear. Caroline and Kianna said that the best part of granting Jose’s wish was, “ You get to see him light up. There are things that we take for granted, like going to Walmart, that he just was so ecstatic about.”
Thank you to Paris Limousines, Best Buy, Golden Corral, Walmart and Game Stop for helping make Jose's wish magical!