Daquan is a quiet, kind, and really intelligent 14-year-old from Chicago that is very educated in sports, specifically in basketball. He was born with a life-threatening blood disorder and goes for treatment once a month at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center. This past summer, due to the severity of his condition, a child life specialist at the hospital referred him to Make-A-Wish Illinois for a wish.
When Daquan’s wish granters met with him for the first time, he showed that he had done his research by knowing all there was to know about Make-A-Wish. Not only that, but Daquan also knew exactly what he wanted his wish to be. His wish was to have a shopping spree on the Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago.
On the day of his wish, Daquan was able to shop for many things he would normally not be able to purchase. He was excited to buy a cell phone, some cool sneakers, a PlayStation, an Xbox, and the first video games that he has ever owned. Daquan was so thankful and appreciative of everything that day, saying “this is the best day ever” over and over again. And as his wish day went on, Daquan made sure that his two siblings that came along on the wish were able to get their own Air Jordan sneakers as well.
“He didn’t allow his illness to get in the way of his really special and great day,” said Daquan’s wish granter, Hillary, who is thankful to have helped make the wish come to life for Daquan.
Daquan’s wish will go with him beyond the day he was on the Magnificent Mile. Both the PlayStation and the Xbox will be good distractions that keep him connected to a sense of community when he is not feeling well enough to leave home. They also help him be just like other kids between his regular doctor’s visits.