Daniel gets his wish

Car­bon­ear boy re­ceives toys, elec­tronic me­dia from Chil­dren’s Wish Foun­da­tion

The Compass - - NEWS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cbn­com­pass.ca

There are few things in this world that bring more joy to peo­ple than a child’s laugh­ter.

It’s in­fec­tious and can help peo­ple forget their prob­lems for a few, fleet­ing mo­ments when it strikes the right chord.

When you hear a child laugh­ing that full body laugh, you can’t help but smile and laugh along with them.

On Dec. 11, in­side a white pan­eled home in Car­bon­ear, fam­ily and friends of Daniel Trick­ett got a healthy dose of hearty laugh­ter and ex­cite­ment. The group gath­ered to watch Daniel have his wish granted by the Chil­dren’s Wish Foun­da­tion.

The 13-year-old stu­dent at Car­bon­ear Acad­emy has Duchenne mus­cu­lar dys­tro­phy, which af­fects Daniel’s mus­cles. It’s a rare dis­ease that af­fects one in 3,600 boys.

“(Daniel) has mo­bil­ity is­sues,” said mother Tracey Pye. “He is on dial­y­sis ev­ery day at home.”

When he isn’t us­ing a wheel­chair to move around, Daniel has a spe­cial­ized bed that he uses to prop him­self up when he is at home.

It was in his bed that Daniel re­ceived per­haps one of the big­gest sur­prises of his life. Just as the night was start­ing to take hold, Chil­dren’s Wish Foun­da­tion wish giver ex­traor­di­naire Dianne Butt walked through the door car­ry­ing some of Daniel’s wishes.

There were toy trucks, cars, pieces of elec­tronic me­dia and other items.

“Daniel hasn’t stopped play­ing with them since he got them,” said Pye.

Af­ter a couple of trips to the van out­side, Daniel was en­gulfed in new toys. Christ­mas came early to the Pye house­hold and Daniel let the world know about it.

“You could prob­a­bly hear him down to The Com­pass,” said Pye from the fam­ily’s home on Bond Street in Car­bon­ear.

Pic­tures and videos of the scene show a child in the throws of ex­cite­ment. Eyes wide and mouth open, Daniel cra­dles a larger-than-life toy truck in one pic­ture, while he un­leashes an ear pierc­ing scream in an­other video.

It’s got­ten thou­sands of views on­line.

Even when all of the gifts had ar­rived, there was still one more piece that Daniel needed to re­ceive. The Chil­dren’s Wish Foun- da­tion mas­cot Roary was on scene with a spe­cial gift — it was a hug and a mini-Roary. Chil­dren get a minia­ture Roary to hold with them up un­til the day of their wish. It is meant to send them a mes­sage of hope and help them stay pos­i­tive.

“I’m sur­prised he got in as close as he did,” said Pye.

For Butt, see­ing the smiles and laughs of the chil­dren is some­thing she never for­gets and never gets tired,

“Ev­ery wish is dif­fer­ent, ev­ery wish is unique and it never gets old,” she said,

It’s been a long road for Pye. She’s cared for Daniel since he was very young. Things are look­ing a lit­tle brighter th­ese days.

“I’m never go­ing to forget that smile on his face,” said Pye.

I’m never go­ing to forget that smile on his face. — Tracey Pye

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Daniel Trick­ett (right) had his wish granted by the Chil­dren’s Wish Foun­da­tion in Car­bon­ear on Dec. 11. He was joined by fam­ily and friends in­clud­ing, from left, the foun­da­tion’s mas­cot Roary, Chris Pye, Crys­tal Pye and Tracey Pye.

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