The evening starts with martini's and small plates from some of Wichita's favorite restaurants. Throughout the night, sample and compare bites so you can cast your vote for the best restaurant of the event! Try your luck at silent auction items ranging from local stay-cations, to lots that will keep you checking back time and time again to see if you're in first place! Throughout the evening, have fun with an interactive photobooth, as well as other fun events like a wine-pull and balloon bust!
To conclude the evening, we'll hear about several wish kids who have received their wish and the impact it's had on their life.
Aidan was diagnosed with leukemia in July of 2016. Since his diagnosis, he has undergone a high-risk chemotherapy plan consisting of multiple pills, chemotherapy and shots.
Aidan loves all things music and dancing, especially Bruno Mars and Imagine Dragons. In his free time, he enjoys watching music videos and learning the dance moves; he is sure to always put on a show for whoever is watching. If he’s not dancing and learning the words to his favorite songs you can find him cheering on his favorite team, the Kansas City Chiefs. His favorite players are Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce.
Aidan’s one true wish to go to Disney World to meet all his favorite characters is coming true this summer, three years after his original diagnosis.
When asked to comment on her son’s journey, Aidan’s mom said:
“As a parent you fight for your child. You fight with your child and wish you could take all their pain away and trade places. It may not be a journey you would have chosen, but it’s a journey that has taught you to be a strong person.”
Jace is a 10-year-old boy who lives with a genetic disorder that affects the lungs, pancreas and other organs, known as cystic fibrosis. Individuals with cystic fibrosis create more mucus in their bodies which can become thick and sticky, leading to lung infections, infertility and troubles with the pancreas; however, it is a complex disease and the severity of symptoms can differ from person to person. Jace takes over 20 pills a day to help digest his food and to also maintain his condition as is. Jace was also born blind, however, it is a disability he does not let define him.
Jace loves to play outside and do anything that involves getting dirty. Some of his favorite activities are riding his bike, four-wheeler and scooter. Since he is blind, he loves to listen to coyote hunting on his iPad; he enjoys listening to the different calls and is mesmerized by the sound. He also loves to spend time with his family. A newfound love for Jace is metal detecting. He will spend hours outside metal detecting and has a collection of things he has found, with plans of building a sculpture out of them.
When asked to comment on her son’s medical journey, his mom said:
“As Jace’s parents we have always wanted him to live his life to the fullest potential. He not only has a critical illness, but also with his blindness, he is not like other kids. He never lets his disabilities stop him from being the most inspiring and genuine kid we could ask for. We believe this wish will not only provide us a trip of a lifetime, but something he will remember forever!”
Hannah is a 19-year-old girl who was born with a congenital cardiac disease called Tetralogy of Fallot. This disease consists of the pressure in her left ventricle producing higher stats than her right, resulting in the valve in her heart to become unstable. She has had five open heart surgeries and over 15 heart catheterizations.
Hannah loves shopping with her friends and spending her days watching Disney movies. Her favorite movies are Remember the Titans and the original Beauty and the Beast. She also enjoys going to rodeos. She is in her second year of college and plans on graduating with a bachelor’s in Human Strategies in the Communication field. She spends most of her nights cruising with her sister to watch the night sky and getting ice cream.
Hannah’s one true wish to go to Paris was granted in June of 2019. When asked to comment on her wish experience, Hannah said:
“When my wish became a reality it was the greatest moment of my life and I never wanted to leave. It was a break from my medical reality and not having to deal with all the stress that comes from the constant battles I must face with a critical illness. I was able to explore a world that only people could dream and created memories that will last a lifetime.”
Feburary 7th, 2020; 6:00 pm
244 N Mosley St, Wichita, KS 67202