Savings at the Grand Hyatt DFW

Monday, September 27, 2010

GIVING BACK: Grand Hyatt DFW Assisting with Wishes

We had the opportunity recently to work with two great organizations that grant wishes to children with life-threatening diseases.

Due to our hotel's location inside Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport, it provides easy access for the families coming and going from their trips. 

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 a Wish with Wings has worked specifically with children from Texas since 1982.  They contacted us for accommodations for Jeramy and his family prior to his Wish Trip to Hawaii to visit Pearl Harbor.  A little bit about Jeramy, courtesy of a Wish with Wings:

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"We received a Wish request from a very special 18 year-old boy named Jeramy who is being treated at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. When we met with Jeramy to learn what his one special Wish would be, he shared he would like to go to Hawaii to see Pearl Harbor. He is a big history buff and really into anything military. His dad is a retired military man. Unfortunately, due to Jeramy’s medical condition he is not able to follow in his father’s footsteps and join the military.
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In December 2009, at the age of 17, JeramyJeramy started chemotherapy treatments that month.  In March 2010, he underwent a stem cell transplant.  His dad, retired Navy veteran, Pat, was his donor.  In May 2010, Jeramy was able to go back home just long enough to attend his Elton High School graduation where he graduated with honors."

**Update: We received a thank you note from a Wish with Wings and a few pictures of Jeramy and his family prior to their flight to Hawaii.  See it on our Feeback page.**

"Part of the magic of a Wish for a child who is facing an uncertain future is to show them that anything is possible if you only believe, even beating your disease. If you would like to learn more about our agency and the children we serve, please do not hesitate to call our office at 817-469-9474 or visit our website at:"

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 Since 1997, Kids Wish Network has been making dreams come true for thousands of children all over the country. The charity started out with the single purpose of granting wishes to children suffering with life-threatening conditions.

A similar request for accommodations for the beginning and end of a Wish Trip was received from Kids Wish Network.  This one is for Spencer, a 12-year old, from Oklahoma.  Here is a little bit about Spencer, courtesy of Kids Wish Network:

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 "Spencer is a bright 12-year-old who loves to smile. He’s talkative and friendly with a wonderful attitude. Spencer enjoys playing guitar and piano, and he’s also quite good at math. When he’s not playing games on his game systems or computers, Spencer likes to watch baseball, basketball or golf on TV.

In 2008, Spencer was diagnosed with Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, which is a disease of the vascular tissues that causes his blood vessels and his organs to become more prone to tearing. In addition, Spencer also suffers from Bilateral Hip Dysplasia and has suffered through reconstructive hip surgery for this condition. After the surgery, Spencer was in a full body cast for 6 weeks and had to endure yet another surgery to remove the rods, screws and plates in his femurs. Spencer bruises very easily because of his condition, he must visit his doctors frequently and will most likely have to have his hips replaced in the future.

For his wish, Spencer just wants to relax away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life by taking a cruise. Get out your sunscreen, Spencer, because you’re about to hop on board!"

**Update: Here is a story about Spencer's experience. So glad that he and his family had such a wonderful trip.**

"Kids Wish Network is a 501 C 3 non-profit organization dedicated to granting the wishes of children between the ages of 3 and 18 who are living with life threatening illnesses.  It is our mission to fulfill the last wishes of children who will never have the opportunities that most of us take for granted.  We rely on the compassion of people such as you to make their dreams come true.  The more in-kind donations we receive, the more wishes we can grant.  You hold in your hands the opportunity to make a big difference in this child’s life."

Hats off to all those families that endure similar situations. We applaud your courage, drive and love for your children.

Donating a hotel room for the night is the least we can do.  It's always a pleasure to be able to meet these families too.  We hope you both enjoyed your Wish Trips!! 

Best wishes always,

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