It seems as though Louis has always had a fascination for the military – because they protect people and they are brave. Whether at the grocery store or on the street, if there’s a military person within his sight, he approaches them with an enthusiastic smile and an arsenal of questions.
When he was diagnosed with Burkitt’s lymphoma at the age of 4, his love of the army took on a whole new meaning as he battled the “germies” to get better so he could be a veteran. Louis and his father both shaved their heads not because he may lose his hair but because that’s what soldiers do. His next assignment was to find a fort “because EVERY soldier has a fort.” With one wish, his army-themed play set was delivered and he was ready for some carefree combat.
The play set arrived fully-equipped with slides, monkey bars and everything Louis needs to keep him active, entertained and on top of his duties. A small brigade of special friends –army reservists – stopped by to join in the celebration. They gave him a camouflage uniform and sleeping bag, dog tags, a canteen and some face paint. They taught him all about his new gear.
According to Louis’ mother, “He couldn’t believe it when the reservists showed up. It just solidified that he would get through the fight. He loves his play set and doesn’t stop talking about his special day.”
Wish Granters: Deirdre Trevett & Norman Wedderburn
Referred by: Bernadette Brunetti, his social worker
Wish adopted by: Nancy Strom Endowment Fund