An update three years since Ewan's wish came true...
Ewan, now 7, and his mother came by the Make-A-Wish office in April 2018 to update us on the impact of his wish. Ewan is doing great, using his eye gaze communication device to communicate with his family and with his teachers in kindergarten. His mother wrote this:
My family and I would like to thank Make-A-Wish for granting Ewan’s wish and providing him with an eye gaze system. Ewan is unable to speak and has been using this communication device for the last 3 years. He’s 7 years old and attends Kindergarten at Bright Horizons. Ewan uses his eye gaze to participate in morning circle time learning about shapes, colors, numbers and such. The system has also been programmed so Ewan can voice how he feels: sad, tired, needing a break, or even if he’s feeling hot. He loves to play the interactive games on the device, and we have found that some of the games are very educational.
We are working with Ewan’s teacher and therapists at Bright Horizons to expand the capabilities of the eye gaze system and Ewan’s potential. This wish has enabled Ewan to participate, communicate and not just be an observer. We are grateful for your compassion and dedication to better the lives of these special children and their families.
Ewan's wish day in 2015...
Born with arthrogryposis, 4-year-old Ewan is unable to speak or move his limbs. His mother said, “When you are talking to him, you hope there is an answer – but there isn’t.” Now, because of his wish, there will be.
Ewan’s wish was to have an interactive communication device that is activated by eye gaze. Surrounded by loved ones, his new, top-of-the-line specialized device arrived. A technician mounted the device to his wheelchair and demonstrated its capabilities for Ewan and his mother.
Now Ewan can do things that he and his family never thought possible. Virtually, he can color, create music and play cause and effect games, all through his eye movements. Most importantly, Ewan can communicate, something he really could not do before his wish came true. By moving his eyes to different letters, he can type messages to his loved ones. He will learn how to spell words and build sentences to share his thoughts and feelings and tell his very first joke. For many years to come, this device will help him learn and communicate in school and at home, while also providing him with endless entertainment.
“This literally gives him a voice, something that would not be possible without this device,” his mother said.
Wish Granters: Martha Carmen & Fran Garfunkel
Referred by: Martha Carmen, his nurse
Wish adopted by Mr. Timothy Sykes