an unforgettable reveal
Wish Reveal parties provide an outlet for the whole community to get involved in the wish process and rally around the Wish Kid. That is exactly what happened with Trae’s Wish Reveal party at Back Bay Seafood Restaurant in Gulfport, Mississippi. Trae, a Saucier resident, is 17 years old and has faced more obstacles in life than a child should ever go through. He was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy before birth and is battling end stage renal disease. That has not stopped Trae and his family from enjoying every magical moment in life! “They gave him 24 hours to live when he was born. He will be 18 in December,” explained Jillian, Trae’s mom. Trae is a Saints fanatic, and he loves loud noises and bright lights. Amanda Bond, a longtime supporter and volunteer with Make-A-Wish Mississippi, was assigned “Lead Volunteer” for Trae. Amanda, as with all of her Wish Kids, went above and beyond a typical Wish Reveal party for Trae. When asked about Wish Reveal parties Amanda wrote “I will not only strive each and every time to make a Wish Kid’s reveal a wish to remember, I will also involve as many business, families, friends, and schools to raise awareness to this amazing Foundation.” Amanda contacted Jill to ask about their favorite restaurant. When Jill said Back Bay Seafood Restaurant, Amanda immediately called the manager of the restaurant and asked if they would like to take part in the
wish reveal party. Debra, the manager of Back Bay Seafood immediately agreed to host the party. Amanda had no idea exactly what Back Bay Seafood had in store for Trae… Over thirty guests attended the Wish Reveal party. As Trae and his family drove up to the restaurant, Trae’s friends and family lined the balcony. Everyone was armed with signs, posters, noise makers and balloons. Trae is a big fan of loud noises and bright lights, so his friends and family made as much noise as possible as he came up the balcony. They were chanting “TRAE, TRAE, TRAE!!!” as loud as their voices would allow. As the family led the happy procession inside the restaurant, the patrons dining broke out into applause and shouts. Inside the restaurant, Trae’s wish was revealed! Thanks to Cruisin’ the Coast, Trae and his family will be traveling to Walt Disney World. Back Bay Seafood had decorated the family’s table. The table was set for a King (Trae) and a princess (Trae’s sister). The restaurant was filled with fresh flowers, big blue star balloons and fresh cupcakes. Each employee had a blue star on their cheek to support Make-A-Wish. “They reached deep in their hearts and even deeper in their own pockets to make Trae’s night a night to remember! And I will be forever thankful there are people like them in this world,” said Amanda. Thanks to some very special volunteers, It was a perfect evening to celebrate Trae.
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