Natalie will never forget the day her three-year old son Easton was diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer. After six months of hospital stays, doctor visits and treatments, Easton has begun his journey towards his wish. For children under the age of 5, it can be difficult for them to understand the concept of a wish. These children receive a Wish Box to help spark their imagination and give them time to discover what they will want their wish to be.
Easton longs to spend time outside with his whānau once again, and right now he’s imagining a wish for a backyard playground with a sandpit, water play, and “a mean treehouse.”
To help spark his imagination, Make-A-Wish did all they could to bring the outdoors into his hospital room – with a play tent – so he could safely leave his hospital bed without leaving his room. With his feeding tube and IV lines still attached, Easton escapes to his own imaginary world inside his tent, playing with toys from his favourite movies The Avengers and Toy Story. This box was kindly donated by Zane at Bayleys Turangi and the Bayleys foundation.
Will you be a hero and help a critically-ill child begin their wish journey today? An incredibly generous $500 can provide a Wish Box for a child like Easton.