Geneca’s Gift to Make-A-Wish® Illinois Helps 4-Year Old Boy Realize Dream Vacation


Posted by Geneca - 31 July, 2013

Oakbrook Terrace, IL., July 29, 2013 - For one Elk Grove Village boy struggling with a life-threatening medical condition, a trip to Disney World was a dream come true.  Thanks to a generous donation made by Geneca in June to the Make-A-Wish® Illinois, Szymon and his family made a trip to visit the Florida theme parks and lodged at Give Kids the World Village, a resort specially designed for children with life-threatening illnesses, in Kissimmee, Florida.

Szymon was diagnosed at birth with fibrosarcoma, a tumor that is made up of cancerous fibroblasts.

Through Make-A-Wish, Syzmon and his family received passes to all of the large theme parks for them to visit during their week long stay.  For Szymon, the most exciting part of the trip was a special character breakfast at Cape May Café in Disney’s Beach Club Resort. It was ear-to-ear smiles as he and his sister, Lena, met their favorite characters and enjoyed the famous Mickey waffles.  Another special memory for Szymon was meeting Spiderman at Universal Studios (he even got Spiderman painted on his face!)

According to his parents, the trip is an ongoing source of happiness for Szymon and his determination to battle his illness has been strengthened.  Thankfully, Szymon is now in remission and receives follow-up doctor’s visits and scans. Despite his struggles, Szymon remains an adventurous little boy who loves to ride his bike. 

About Make-A-Wish® Illinois

Since 1985, Make-A-Wish® Illinois has touched thousands of lives, granting magical wishes to more than 11,000 children battling life-threatening medical conditions. Make-A-Wish Illinois continues to bring hope, strength and joy to children across the state.

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