It’s hard to slow down a spirited kid like Deshaud. The seven year old from Chicago is described by everyone who knows him as an energetic daredevil with a love for Legos, wrestling and anything with wheels. However, Deshaud has had to balance his enthusiasm for action with his renal condition. His care provider at University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital referred Deshaud and his family to Make-A-Wish in hopes of giving them a positive experience in the midst of his years of treatment.
For his wish, Deshaud asked for a shopping spree to help bring some of the adventure he loved into his life. Make-A-Wish started by sending the family to Orland Square Mall via limousine. Over the course of the day, Deshaud sailed around the mall and Target, exploring his new Lego’s, trying on superhero costumes, and even getting a brand new bike.
Deshaud also had a chance to go to Build-A-Bear and create a stuffed animal in its very own Chicago Bears jersey, which his mom said was definitely his favorite purchase of the day. She said Deshaud truly had a ball and that he really deserved a chance to have fun and get treated after being strong for so long.
Deshaud’s mother said she would recommend Make-A-Wish to any child with a life-threatening condition. She said she loved that Make-A-Wish is not narrow, but that the child gets to choose from so many different experiences to build a wish that is perfect for them.