John Phillips has always been a very active kid and athlete. And, as a Californian, he loves the San Francisco 49ers. Star Wishes for Children was pleased to be able to send John and his family to a pre-season practice session where he was able to meet some of the players and Coach Jim Tomsula.
“We had such a great time! Everyone treated us like royalty and made John feel so special,” said Dawn Phillips, John’s mother
John’s serious health struggle started with a bump and bruise that didn’t go away, and the coughing up of blood. After a few tests, it became clear that John was battling idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP).
This chronic and life-threatening disorder causes easy and excessive bruising and bleeding resulting from low levels of cells that help blood clot. The day before John’s 17th birthday, he was admitted to the hospital and immediately started on IVIG treatments that contained concentrated antibodies and plasma.
Although John’s platelet count must always be closely monitored, he still suffers from intermittent internal bleeding. Despite everything, John has remained positive and doesn’t let his illness get him down.
John’s wish began with a stay sponsored by the luxurious Omni Hotel & Resort in San Francisco and visits to attractions Madame Tussauds, San Francisco Dungeons, and Ride the Duck in the nearby Fisherman’s Wharf area.
A guest of the 49ers, John was able to watch the team practice for the upcoming season and then join some of the players for lunch. He met players NaVorro Bowman and Craig Dahl among others and even was able to spend some time with Coach Jim Tomsula.
Tomsula commented about Wish Kid John, “I’m very proud of John for taking something bad and turning it into something good while still being able to have a big smile on his face. It is people like John who inspire us on and off the field”
The team has invited the family back to a regular season game.
On behalf of John and his family, Star Wishes for Children would like to thank the San Francisco 49ers organization, Omni Hotel & Resort, Madame Tussauds, Ride the Duck, Movie Sights City Tour, San Francisco Ghost Hunt, Bob’s Steak & Chop House, Hard Rock Café, San Francisco Dungeons, and Pier 23 Café for giving John memories to treasure for the rest of his life.