When Edward was two years old, he was diagnosed with leukemia. He had to go through constant treatments, needle pokes and plenty of check-ups. His parents were worried that he was missing out on important parts of childhood and that Edward may not gain the confidence of other children. Through all of this, he fell in love with building cool structures with his LEGO bricks. LEGOs gave Edward a break from being sick, and when the time came for him to choose his wish, Edward knew that he wanted to go to LEGOLAND®.
For Edward, going to LEGOLAND meant riding every rollercoaster there and he managed to do work up the courage to do it! His parents felt like going on all the rollercoasters really helped him find his confidence again and really be able “to be a normal kid.” He loved floating on the lazy river and building with Legos in his float and he had so much fun staying in the LEGO-themed hotel. Edward and his family were also able to visit Universal Studios, where he and his brother had a blast exploring Harry Potter World together, and spend a day at the beach, where they were excited to see crabs scuttle across the sand.
“It was a perfect experience,” said Edward’s dad. “We remembered what it felt like to be whole again. We have spent the last three years managing Edward's health, and for the entire trip, we could set that aside and have fun again.” His mom said it was the perfect time to be a family and not have a care in the world. “The last year of treatment was really hard for us,” she said. “Having a wish to look forward to helped boost us up during those rough times.”
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A knight in shining armor!
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