Caleb, 7, walked into Toys"R"Us after stepping out of his limo to find a shopping cart decorated with six colorful balloons and a “Welcome to Toys"R"Us Caleb” sign on the side. A Superman costume decked out the front of the cart, while a red cape rounded out the back end. Make-A-Wish® Michigan volunteers held up brightly colored signs welcoming him into the store for his “Happy Wish Day.” Caleb started pushing his cart around the store with eager anticipation.
“When the limo pulled up and he looked out the window, he had the realization that it was actually happening,” Caleb’s mom, Alivia, said.
A shopping spree was an easy choice for Caleb, who has a life-threatening hematologic disorder. He knew that he wanted to pick up a red Nintendo 3DS XL along with a couple of games for the system. Caleb also received a mini backpack so that he could bring his gaming system, games and stylus to doctor appointments.
“When he finally came across it, his eyes just lit up,” Alivia explained. “His Nintendo 3DS helped a little bit [at the hospital during transfusions]. I think it keeps him distracted and busy.”
Caleb then headed to GameStop where he chose a Wii U and Mario Kart along with enough controllers for his siblings to play with him. The kart racing continued when the family headed to Zap Zone to enjoy go-kart racing and play arcade games alongside his wish-granting volunteers Melanie and Sonita.
“It was an amazing experience,” Alivia said. “His siblings had just as much fun as he did. I’m very thankful for his volunteers and the other people who made his wish possible.”