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Thomas' stolen Christmas
Thomas is only four years old, but has still never truly experienced the magic and wonder of Christmas.
That’s because his first Christmas came shortly after a devastating diagnosis of a brain tumour.
“He was really ill. It was heartbreaking to see my baby like that, I just wanted to hold him. We tried to bring him home for Christmas but it wasn’t the same.”
The following year was not much better for tiny Thomas. Now undergoing chemotherapy, he was too weak and too sick to celebrate. He wasn’t even able to spend time with his siblings due to the risk of infection.
Just as Thomas began to come out of the woods in 2018, his granny died. For a family in need of a chance to share a special time together, Christmas was, once again, a time of sadness.
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Thomas' Christmas wish
Thomas loves snow and he loves Santa but, until now, his condition has barred him from enjoying these experiences like other children. He’s never been out in the snow and never met Santa.
This winter, Make-A-Wish is sending Thomas and his family to Lapland, where he’ll meet Santa and his reindeer, go sledding with huskies, play in the snow with elves, and enjoy quality time together with his family, just like every child should.
“He’s my little miracle. He’s changed our whole perspective. We didn’t know if Thomas would ever walk, talk or go to school. We just live in the moment now and treasure even the smallest things in life. Thomas missed out on so many normal childhood experiences, so his wish will be a chance to steal back some of those special moments.”
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