Diagnosed at birth with a life-threatening kidney disease, Calvin Licuanan has worked through his health struggles by diving into his creative side. A musician and dancer, Calvin’s wish went right to the heart of his personality.
Referred to Make-A-Wish through an inquiry by his parents in 2014, it took Calvin some time to arrive at the wish that would mean the most to him. His time at the old family piano felt restorative, but he dreamed of an instrument that would really let his talent shine.
“I have been thinking about my wish and I was really hoping to have a baby grand. I play piano every day on our un-tuned piano and I even upload videos of me playing piano covers onto YouTube and on social media,” Calvin wrote, explaining that the current family piano was old and out of tune.
“I feel very powerful when sitting behind a piano and it would make me really happy to record and play with a tuned grand piano in our home. I play almost every day, if not every day, and I have no doubt that the piano … would be beautiful and life fulfilling.”
“Thinking about it really does excite me and makes me genuinely happy because it would make me feel as if all that time fighting during my recovery was worth it. It would also make me feel very proud; like all the hard work and time spent playing piano on my free time was worth it.”
Through the work of his wish granting volunteers, Calvin’s wish was granted earlier this year and he has been smiling and creating beautiful music ever since. At the 2017 Walk for Wishes, Calvin shared his thanks for the wish and talked about how the piano brings his family together around something beautiful and uplifting, a welcome change from everyone constantly worrying about his health.