Soccer super fan 17-year-old Andres scored big time when he and his family traveled to the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ in Brazil decked out in yellow, blue and red to watch their home country, Ecuador, defeat Honduras in Match 26. The Palmetto Bay local celebrated his bravery fighting leukemia as well as the football festivities alongside several other wish families.
Andres and his family had a jam-packed game plan for the week they were there. The first morning, they attended a welcome breakfast at Quality Curitiba, their four-star hotel. Then they were off to watch Iran vs. Nigeria from Category 1 Hospitality seats, some of the best in the stadium. Later in the week they had some free time to spend at FIFA Fan Fest™, an official event designed to make everyone a part of the soccer celebration, with a big screen to stream each match and tons of entertainment.
When he wasn’t cheering in the stands, Andres had a lot of time to explore the city. They took a tour, and visited the botanical gardens, markets and historical landmarks.
Andres’ father said the entire trip was incredible but “the one thing that truly stood out was the Make-A-Wish love, appreciation and sense of community. It was very good that we were grouped with parents of teens the same age as my son. It made it key; they all had a good time together.” In between games, the parents decided to rent a soccer field, so everyone got to not only watch soccer, but play together as well.
Wish granters: Paola Cifelli & Patsy Schmidt-Cozier
Referred by Ivette Hidalgo, his mother
Wish adopted by Robert Press, TCA Fund Management Group