NP4Kids: A Special Wish

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Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy is thrilled to partner with A Special Wish Foundation Cleveland Chapter, a non-profit organization dedicated to granting the wishes of children across Northeastern Ohio who have been diagnosed with critical illnesses.

Every month through the NP4Kids program, we will be supporting the granting of a wish through A Special Wish Foundation Cleveland Chapter’s “When I Grow Up” program.

We want to inspire these children to see a bright future by encouraging the Wishers in A Special Wish Foundation’s program to think about their dream job when they grow up. This can be anything the child can imagine, from a firefighter, to astronaut or a chef.

Then, A Special Wish Foundation partners them with professionals in our community in careers across the spectrum to help the Wishers experience their dream job.  Helping dreams come true is an inspiration, and we are proud to partner with A Special Wish on this exciting adventure.

Our Wishers

Henley's Wish: Veterinarian

Henley is 5 years old and has Prader-Willi syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects the hypothalamus. Although there are many challenging characteristics of PWS, there are also many beautiful and wonderful traits as well. One of those being a sense of nurture. Henley has an incredible sense of compassion towards all living things. She wants to help and heal anything or anyone who has had a bad day, isn’t feeling well, or injured. It’s as if she has a sixth sense, especially with animals. No matter where we are or what we are doing she will always seek out an animal and take every chance to get as close as possible. Every dog in the neighborhood knows Henley and lives for her hugs and snuggles as they pass our house on their daily walks. The joy in her eyes when she is in the company of four legged friends is unmeasurable. She thrives off of the love, companionship, and connection she has with animals. When asked what she wants to be when she grows up, her answer never changes, ‘a betterinarian’.

Thank you, Dr. Viskocil and staff at Bretton Ridge Animal Clinic, for letting Henley be a “betterinarian” for the day!

August’s Wish: Mermaid

Our August NP4Kids When I grow up child is August! August would like to become a mermaid.

August is four years old and an avid swimmer. He is so full of energy and makes everyone around him smile. He wants to be a mermaid when he grows up, “because they’re cool.” Being a mermaid is something that he and his nurse practitioner, Liz, have in common. They bond over being a mermaid every time he has to have treatment.

Thank you, Geauga Family YMCA, for letting August be a mermaid for the day and teaching him some mermaid swimming skills!

Cece’s Wish: Artist

Our July NP4Kids When I grow up child is Cece! Cece would like to become an artist.

Cece wants nothing more than to be a normal kid, she does everything in her power not to let cancer hold her back. She loves painting, cutting, coloring and all things crafts.

Cece was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at the age of 3. Due to the intense chemotherapy Cece had to undergo after diagnosis, she lived in isolation with her dad for eight months. During that eight months she became obsessed with painting and painted everything!

Thank you, Fairmount Center of the Arts, for letting Cece be an artist for the day and create some cool art with her own art show!

Alex’s Wish: Dentist

When Alex was asked why he wanted to be a dentist when he grows up, he simply said “I want to see everyone smile.”

Alex was diagnosed with stage 4 high-risk neuroblastoma, and his chances were slim. But he never stopped smiling, and 13 months later, he got to ring the final bell of his treatment. Alex loves school and telling jokes to make others smile and laugh.

Thank you to Dr. Jennifer Snyder at Snyder and Winks Dental for letting Alex spend the day at her office and clean some teeth!  Alex had the biggest smile at the end of his grown-up wish!