Jacob – Nanaimo, BC
For 5-year-old Jacob who lives with a chronic medical condition called Eosinophilic Esophagitis, deciding on a wish to be granted with Starlight was a life changing event. In addition to the difficulties of his condition – inflammation of the esophagus, chronic pain, difficulty swallowing, constant heartburn, and the inability to come into contact with any food – this rare diagnosis has become very isolating to both Jacob and his family.
In a time of much needed comfort, Jacob’s family worked with Starlight to plan his very special Wish to visit West Edmonton Mall and stay in the onsite Fantasyland Hotel. We put Jacob and his family up in their very own Truck Themed room, and they received a 3-day VIP pass to give them access to the waterpark, and all the exciting entertainment the mall has to offer!
With only about 1 in 10,000 people diagnosed, including his younger sister Maggie, there is still very much unknown about the care they will need in the future. Having a Wish granted with Starlight was just the right medicine for Jacob and his family to make memories that they will never forget.
“Having Jacob’s wish granted allowed the whole family something to look forward to, and a few days of feeling normal. We spent quality time together, and we’re able to forget about the kid’s diagnoses. A year and a half later and the kids still talk about the wish trip and how much they enjoyed it!”
– Karen, Mother of 5-year-old Jacob