HOLIDAY, Fla.: Star Wishes for Children partnered with the New England Patriots to grant a Wish Kid’s dream of meeting members of the highly successful and storied franchise.
Star Wishes for Children granted Wish Kid Will Maki’s forever wish by sending Will and his family to Foxborough, Mass., where the organization worked with the New England Patriots to arrange a special meeting with All-Pro quarterback Tom Brady. Will’s visit began with a surprise meeting with Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft, who gave Will and his family a private tour of his offices and showed him the team’s four Lombardi Trophies, eight conference championship trophies and four Super Bowl rings.
William’s own path of being a multi-sport athlete at his high school in Wisconsin unfortunately ended with a diagnosis of osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer that begins in the cells that form bones.
The heart-warming feeling of being able to grant a wish like this was really felt by the four-time Super Bowl winning quarterback. When Will compared his state championship ring to the Patriots’ Super Bowl rings, Brady explained, “Hey, they all mean the same. It means you’re a champion, too. That’s pretty cool.”
“The entire New England Patriots organization went above and beyond to make this such a memorable experience for our Wish Kid Will.” said Anna Lanzatella, executive director for Star Wishes for Children. “Imagine the thrill Will felt when meeting a superstar like Tom Brady.”
Will received nothing less than VIP treatment for the entirety of his wish. During the trip that took Will from his hometown in Wisconsin to Boston, Will and his family were honored guests at the Hampton Inn Boston-Norwood. They were also treated to wonderful and creative meals at The Chateau and British Beer Company. To attend all the activities, including a VIP tour of Gillette Stadium and getting to the Patriots game, the family was provided superb limo service by Above All Transportation.
Will’s father, Wade recalls the time spent with the organization stating, “It was a really great experience! Will met the owner of the Patriots, who let Will try on those massive Super Bowl rings. Then he met Tom Brady who spoke with Will and took a few pictures with him. It was the highlight of the visit.”
The New England Patriots organization joins a long list of celebrity organizations that have supported Star Wishes for Children in making come true the heartfelt wishes of children facing life-threatening illnesses.