Seven-year-old Drake from Downers Grove spends most of his time in a wheelchair. Often, he isn’t able to do all the fun things on vacation. But this trip was different. As Drake watched the dolphins swimming, he smiled. Finally, he had the chance to do something extraordinary – meet his favorite animal in the most beautiful place he could imagine!
As an infant, Drake was diagnosed with a rare brain disease. His condition impacts his motor skills and Drake relies on his family to get around. Drake’s parents saw the toll on the young boy and contacted Make-A-Wish®
Illinois to provide him with encouragement. When Drake met with his volunteer wish granters, it didn’t take long to wish for something he “never thought possible” – a Hawaiian vacation!
Drake’s trip was tailor made. For once in his life, he didn’t have to watch as others had all the fun. “He got to experience things he never could have without Make-A-Wish,” his father reflected. “On that trip, his condition did not define him. He was a happy little boy having a great experience.”