Matthew, 13, respiratory disorder

I wish to go to the Florida Keys 


Matthew -Wishkid

Matthew is a 13-year-old boy who loves the beach and quiet, calm places so it was no surprise when he wished to go to the Florida Keys. Matthew, who has a respiratory disorder, was thrilled when Make-A-Wish Michigan made his wish a reality.

For Matthew, the wish meant a break from the stress of the medical appointments, Individualized Education Programs, and all the other appointments that he deals with on a daily basis.

“For one week, it was just us having fun with no worries,” Matthew’s mom, Brenda, said.

The highlight of the trip for Matthew was the dolphin experience that he shared with his family.

“I think we will remember the fun we had together and the smiles on Matthew’s face,” Brenda said. “He had so much fun in the sand on the beach and with the dolphins. I was amazed at his excitement and interaction. This trip was truly beyond anything we could have imagined. The experience that we had was a once-in-a-lifetime escape from the stress of caring for and managing Matthew’s health challenges.”

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