8 year old Nathan, from Surrey BC has struggled with Thalamic Astrocytoma (a low grade brain tumor) since 2011. Nathan is a very resilient child but like most kids who suffer with a life-threatening medical condition, has had to deal with many challenges along the way since his diagnosis.
“Our lives had been ripped, turned and shaken beyond our imagination” says Kim, Nathan’s Mom. Nate has undergone 6 surgeries and 48 weeks of chemotherapy. Our little boy who played baseball, soccer and hockey now struggle with things that we all take for granted on a daily basis.” Nathan’s wish was to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ in Florida. From wanting to collect all of the Harry Potter wands; to watching the Frog Choir and Triwizard Spirit Rally; to getting his own family named paving stone at Give Kids The World Village – Nathan was able to fully enjoy his wish and bring home some magical memories with his family (and he did get 10 very cool wands!).
Nathan had been saving up his money well before he knew about his wish trip (in the hopes of going to Harry Potter one day) and since MAWBCYK was able to make the wish happen, Nathan wanted to share the experience with another wish child – so he donated all of his money back to Make-A-Wish BC & YK! “I was at a loss for words” says Kim. “It was one of the proudest moments of my life.”
Nathan – you are one amazing kid.