The first time that I met Logan, he was putting together a LEGO set with his dad. Five year old Logan had been putting together many LEGO sets, ever since he was diagnosed with leukemia. During his chemotherapy, building with LEGOs became one of Logan’s favorite things to do.
At Logan’s wish discovery, Logan came up with many exciting wishes, but his number one wish was to have a LEGO set. He told us that if he had all of the LEGO pieces in the world, and could build anything that he wanted, he would build a Humungousaur, an alien from the Ben 10 cartoons.
Make-A-Wish® arranged for Logan’s wish to come true in a way that Logan never imagined. They set up a trip to LEGO Discovery Center in Chicago. There, he would get the chance to build with a LEGO "Master Builder." When Logan found out what Make-A-Wish had planned, he was ecstatic!
Before Logan’s wish trip, my fellow Wish-Team Volunteer and I gave Logan a wish presentation party. We took Logan and his family to Logan’s favorite restaurant where we had a delicious lunch and shared some of the exciting details of the trip. Then, we presented Logan with a certificate that read: Logan’s Wish Certificate: Bring this certificate and your Wish-Team Volunteers to the nearest toy store. Logan was intrigued.
We walked to the nearby toy store and Logan handed his certificate to the store’s assistant manager. The assistant manager playfully "studied" it and told Logan that he thought that the certificate might be magical. Then he hurried off. Thanks to Logan’s wish team volunteers and a very generous store manager, the certificate was magical.
When the assistant manager returned, he had three wrapped boxes. He told us that, when he had entered his office, the gifts were sitting there waiting for him. Logan quickly unwrapped three LEGO sets. There was a LEGO Star Wars set that Logan had told his mother that he wanted in the weeks leading up to his wish presentation. There was a LEGO Power Miners set that Logan had excitedly described, in detail, during his wish discovery. And, of course, there was a LEGO Humungousaur set, the thing that little Logan had wished to have if he could have anything in the whole world!
A few days later, Logan and his family set off on the trip of a lifetime. A limousine whisked Logan and his family off to the airport and the family flew to Chicago. When Logan arrived at the LEGO Discovery Center, he was given a VIP "All Access" pass. In addition to exploring the amazing LEGO models and enjoying the rides, shows and factory tour, Logan met with LEGO master builder, Daniel Morey. Like Logan, Daniel is a huge Red Sox fan and, of course, an avid LEGO builder.
After a magical wish day, Logan and his family enjoyed visiting the many wonderful Chicago attractions. They rode the Ferris wheel and carousel at Navy Pier, checked out the animals at Shedd Aquarium and watched a Chicago Cubs baseball game at Wrigley Field. Logan’s mother summed up their experience: "We had such an amazing time! Everyone along our way was fantastic and we just can’t thank you enough."
Submitted by Jennifer Weston, Volunteer