It may be February, but it felt like Christmas on Tuesday for some young patients at Roswell Park.
Mikey Friedman was just 15 when the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted his wish to help other kids with cancer stay connected to their friends and families and beat the isolation that often comes with treating the disease.
Now nearly nine years later, Mikey’s Way continues this mission by giving pediatric cancer patients their choice of tablet, hand held gaming system, or laptop complete with accessories. Even though Mikey succumbed to his disease in 2008, his father wants to keep his legacy and the love alive.
Les Friedman said, “Mikey said every time, every time a child gets a gift, it’s like his wish comes true all over again. That’s a quote from Michael and I believe that still holds true today.”
The look on the faces of the children, as well as the parents’ gratitude, is touching.
Danielle Gworek, a mother of a cancer patient, said, “This is amazing, this is just completely overwhelming and just a fantastic opportunity for him to just be and forget about everything and just having fun.”
Mikey’s Way has reached more than 3,000 young cancer patients all across the country. Tuesday’s visit was made possible by National Recovery Solutions. The group raised the money through its annual golf tournament after hearing Mikey’s inspirational story.