'WOW' | Parents of toddler with cancer design a special ride
BALTIMORE (WBFF) - Holiday shopping is well underway, but nonprofits are asking for your help on this Giving Tuesday. A newly formed nonprofit is helping make life a little easier for kids in children’s hospitals.
When you're 2 years old, sometimes you find magic in the most unexpected places.
Wyatt Rex couldn’t stop saying “Wow” when a trailer door opened, filled to the edges with Radio Flyer Wagons, and Mercedes and Chevy pedal cars.
As 2-year-old Wyatt hopped in a brand new Mercedes, he had a little trouble making the turns, but it's not the first challenge he's faced in this little life.
“Our son [Wyatt] was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma a year and a half, almost 2 years ago now,” said Bryan Rex. “It's pretty shocking.”
At less than a year old, Wyatt made the halls of Johns Hopkins Children’s hospital his racetrack.
“He's two going on 25,” Wyatt’s mom, Christine, joked. “He’s a car junkie; he’s a lot of fun.”
She remembers the days inside the hospital.
“He was really stubborn when he had cancer, and he wouldn't let the fact that he was sick or on chemo keep him from a wagon ride," she said.
The wagon ride was Wyatt’s bright spot.
“Even though he's going through something that's horrific, to see that little smile gives a glimmer of hope,” said Bryan. “That's really important.”
However, for kids undergoing treatment, an IV bag or central line can hinder mobility. That's why Wyatt's dad, Bryan, designed a special hitch that connects from a wagon or car to the IV pole.
Kyra Georgas, a Childlife Specialist at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, said: “It's a parents best friend, it's a nurse's best friend, anyone [who's] a volunteer, people who are trying to provide normalcy to the kids. It’s their best friend because they're pulling those kids while maintaining safety with that fixture to connect to that IV pole.”
After Wyatt rang his cancer-free bell on his second birthday, he, his parents and several friends, began work on a fleet of wagons and cars with the special hitch.
As fast as his little feet could deliver, Wyatt returned to Johns Hopkins.
“Hopkins is where he was treated and gave him a second chance at life,” said Christine. “So this is our small thank-you to them.”
Georgas said: “When we're looking at recovery rates, we want kids to get up and out of the room, to get a change of scenery, and having something fun like that in the hospital really helps that.”
Now Wyatt’s off to deliver another 2-year-old child a little magic.
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