Children’s charity Star Wishes for Children recently partnered with the Orlando Magic and player Victor Oladipo to grant the wish of a young boy with Down syndrome.
Wish Kid Adriel was born with complications associated with Down syndrome including a low platelet count that required a transfusion, a heart murmur, and tracheomalacia, a condition characterized by flaccidity of the tracheal support cartilage which can lead to tracheal collapse. He collects basketball cards and enjoys cheering on his favorite team, the Orlando Magic.
Thanks to Star Wishes for Children, Adriel was treated to a VIP Orlando Magic experience for his once in a lifetime wish of attending a game and meeting his favorite player shooting guard Victor Oladipo. Adriel said the best part of his trip was when Oladipo stopped by and gifted him with a signed t-shirt.
“We were delighted to partner with the Orlando Magic and Victor Oladipo to give such a deserving child as Adriel this once in a lifetime experience,” said Executive Director Anna Lanzatella.
Preceding his wish trip, Star Wishes for Children arranged a send off party for Adriel with his hometown fire department, Winter Garden Fire Rescue Department Station 22. The Fire Rescue Department made Adriel an honorary junior firefighter for the day and took him on a private tour of their station. He tried on all of the gear, rode on a fire truck, blew the siren, and tested out a real fire hose. Adriel was thrilled with the attention and the experience of getting a behind the scenes look at his dream job. The crew capped off Adriel’s visit with a special lunch.
“Adriel had a blast at the Winter Garden Fire Station. He was a fireman for the day, and he was able to participate in a lot of fun activities. He absolutely loved it,” said Adriel’s dad Alfredo.
On behalf of Adriel and his family, Star Wishes for Children would like to thank all of the sponsors who helped make his dream possible: the Orlando Magic, Victor Oladipo, Merlin Entertainment, Bahama Breeze, Winter Garden Fire Rescue Department Station 22 , Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Westgate Resort’s Shipwreck Island, Sunshine Limousine & Sedan Service, Double Tree by Orlando Hotel, and Lakeview Restaurant.