Thursday, January 26, 2012

More than Just Pizza

A Wish with Wings granted my Chase's wish about 6 months prior to his death. Here's another wish granted. They are a fantastic organization.
More than Just Pizza

In this case Domino's delivered More than Just Pizza ... thanks to  kind-hearted Pete Ybarra, a Dallas-area Domino's franchisee who heard 18-year-old Byron's story and wanted to help grant his Magical Wish! 

The initial call came from Children's Medical Center of Dallas, requesting that we consider granting an "emergency wish" for 18-year-old Byron, whose Osteosarcoma had spread to seven tumors in his brain. Sadly, Byron hadn't long to live. Byron's Wish was simple: an Xbox 360 to play games with his friends while on home hospice.

When we met with Byron at his East Dallas home, we realized that for the Xbox to work properly, he would also need a more current TV. Byron also hinted that he might enjoy a mini-fridge for his bedroom, so that he could keep his snacks and drinks close by. That's when Byron also mentioned that he loved Domino's Pineapple Pizza! 

So, doing what we do best, we quickly set to work to grant Byron's Wish. A call to Ed Kellum & Son  in Dallas resulted in a 51" flat screen TV, with stand and blue-ray DVD player. Our call to the closest Domino's Pizza put us in touch with Pete, who, sensing our urgency, readily agreed to provide pizza for Byron his friends and family. Not just for delivery day ... but whenever Byron, his friends and family wanted ... all they had to do was call and the pizza would be on its way. Free of charge!

Pete didn't stop there. He met us at Byron's home on delivery day and stayed for the entire afternoon. He also brought along an upgrade for the Xbox, as well as a few more games, and pizza for everyone to enjoy!

The mini-fridge we purchased for Byron's room was quickly installed and stocked with all his favorite snacks and drinks. What didn't fit in his fridge was loaded into the family refrigerator!

Soon after, Ed Kellum & Son's delivery truck arrived and began to unload the TV, stand and DVD player. Everyone pitched in assembling, installing and making sure that everything was hooked up and functioning so that Byron did not have to waste a minute before joining his friends for some Xbox fun!

Byron made several new friends that day. And each of us feels blessed to have been part of making his Wish come true! Byron was all smiles that day and the following days, his family reported.

However, as too frequently happens, Byron's courageous battle with the unforgiving cancer ended peacefully a mere five days after his Wish was granted.  We will cherish the memories of his sweet smile, his gentle spirt, and his loving hugs.
Rest in peace, Byron.
May the wings of the butterflies
 carry you swiftly to Heaven. 

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C. A. Szarek said...

Oh wow Clover. *hugs* That is sad and touching. A good friend of mine is a Make a Wish volunteer, and she has lost a few kiddos as well. I can't imagine what it's like. But, like always I will pray you you guys and now, Byron.

Jen FitzGerald said...

Thanks for sharing that, Clover. It's so touching as well as heart-lifting to see others go above and beyond.