Domingo is a nine-year-old boy with Sickle Cell Anemia whose one true wish was to have a Nintendo Wii U. When Make-A-Wish learned of his wish, we got to work to give him the experience of a lifetime. With the help of AAA Carolinas, GameStop and Zaxby's, Make-A-Wish was able to grant him his wish, and so much more!
To make the entire experience special, Domingo and his family were picked up from their home via limo ride the evening of February 19 . No one knew where they were headed, but they were excited to find out! When the limo pulled up to GameStop the store was decked out for Domingo – streamers, balloons, and handmade posters welcomed him. As the family entered the store, they were greeted by Make-A-Wish, AAA Carolina and GameStop staff who were all there to celebrate Domingo's wish!
Wrapped up on a large table were his surprises – the Wii U Deluxe with Nintendo Land, two Wii remotes, two nunchucks, a microphone, a charging system, his very own gaming chair and a 46" TV. After he was done opening his gifts, it was time for one more surprise – a $400 shopping spree in the store! GameStop staff provided him with a personal shopping experience, and he went home armed with so many new games, his mom was afraid he may never come out of his room again.
The evening was spent picking out new games, snacking on delicious food provided by Zaxby's and eating sweets made with love from Sam's Club and a GameStop employee. The gratitude and happiness Domingo felt were written all over his face that night. Make-A-Wish, with the help of various other companies in the area, took a nine-year-old boy's simple wish and turned it into an incredible experience for him and his whole family – one that provided the hope, strength, and joy we aim to give all Wish kids. It was an experience that won't soon be forgotten.