BOSTON, Mass. (May 2017): When Kids Wish Network, a children’s charity that grants wishes for kids with life threatening illnesses heard about Wish Kid Alex’s passion for baseball, they went up to bat for him, creating a special wish that would surely be a home run.
Alex can be a little shy, but has no problem talking with great enthusiasm about his favorite sport.
He’s such a big baseball fan, that he often can be seen walking around with a baseball glove on his hand. But life hasn’t been all fun and games for Alex, as he’s been through a lot for a child his age. He had a high white blood count at birth which led to a diagnosis of Noonan syndrome, a multi-system disorder often characterized by heart defects, bleeding problems, and failure to thrive. He has already undergone three heart surgeries, and continues to see a cardiologist twice a year.
Kids Wish Network wanted to do more than just take Alex out to the ballgame, so they covered all the bases to hit it out of the park for him. A special wish was created for Alex, sending him to Boston to see his favorite team the Boston Red Sox along with many VIP perks.
The day of the game, Alex was invited down onto Fenway Park’s field to take part in pre-game festivities watching the Boston Red Sox practice. He also perfected his own skills, getting to take batting practice in the same cages as the famed team. It was an amazing and inspiring experience. Alex’s mom Mary said, “The batting coach spoke with Alex and told him that he has a great swing!” He was also thrilled to meet Mookie Betts. His mom continued to say, “The people at Fenway Park made sure that Alex met Mookie when they found out how he felt about him. My favorite memory is seeing Alex’s face when he saw Mookie walking towards him and then shaking his hand. He thinks he’s the best baseball player ever!”
And that was all even before the game. Once practice was over, Alex and his family were seated right behind home plate. Alex’s mom said, “He loved our seats, we could see everything! He felt incredibly honored to see Fenway Park, the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball.”
Some of the other VIP treatment included beautiful downtown accommodations at the Kimpton Onyx hotel, breakfasts at the hotel’s trendy Ruby Room, lunch at the legendary Palm Restaurant, a visit to the fun and educational Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, and celebrity style transportation, being chauffeured to many of the wish’s activities in a star-worthy limo by Sunset Limo Service.
“Everyone went above and beyond,” said Alex’s mom. “The hotel staff was incredible, the limo driver brought cupcakes that his wife made, and the staff at The Palm was amazing and so awesome to Alex. Everyone made him feel so important.”
“We love creating special wishes personalized for each of our wish kids,” said Kids Wish Network Executive Director Anna Lanzatella. “Every child has different passions, and we feel so honored inspiring them, bringing happiness into their lives, and making their dreams come true.”