DQ goes to Disney World!

Remember DQ?  He is one of the foster kids of my friends, Wendy and Jim, who live in Kentucky, USA.  He has Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy but it’s his wonderful spirit that makes him special!


He got his computer late last year, thanks to the generosity of many people who heard of his need!

He has had a very rough time.  He had been hoping to start physical therapy to regain strength in his arms after his one year check up (he had a spinal fusion and rods put in his back last June) so  he could gain back the 60-70% of upper body strength he has lost. He was so excited and was telling the other boys that they better get ready because he would be challenging them to another basketball game soon. (He beat them all before his surgery but now, he cannot raise his arms to throw the ball).

But at his check up they were told that with Muscular Dystrophy, “what is gone is gone forever”. There can be no physical therapy because to exert the muscles will cause muscle tissue break down and he will lose MORE than he’s already lost. His inaction and loss of muscle tissue this past year has also affected his heart and he has had to increase his heart meds.

Poor guy!   His hopes were so high for this whole year. They were told that everything would have been like they had been told until the e-coli infection set in and he had to have 3 additional surgeries and had to spend 3 extra months in the hospital and then another 3 months in bed at home. That changed everything but no one thought to tell them that…

But there is GOOD NEWS!  Make a Wish and the Lexington Dream Factory asked him to make a wish and he wanted to go to Disney World.  They are leaving on the morning of July 8th and check in at Give Kids the World on the 9th.  It is a wonderful place for kids who have handicaps and all the Blasdell foster kids get to go. A new handicapped van has been rented for them to get them from Kentucky to Florida. It won’t hold them all so Wendy (foster mom) will have to drive their van, too. They have tickets to Disney World, Sea World and Universal Studios!  One day will be spent at the beach because none of the boys has seen the ocean – yet!

Wendy can see a spark of excitement in DQ’s eyes. They want to make this a wonderful memory for him. He is ‘trying’ to save his allowance for spending money and they make a point of bringing up the trip every day just to see him get excited.

It will be a hard trip but oh so worth it. They have been given some money in gas cards but that will only cover one van (there and back) so they are saving to have gas money for the other van and spending money for all of them. Such excitement as they all try to make a dream come true and give a trip that will never be forgotten to a child who deserves some fun and excitement!
(This was adapted from an email Wendy Blasdell wrote)

I sent DQ and the boys some spending money – many thanks to my wonderful Wednesday Bible Study ladies who gave!  If you would like to be part of this amazing trip for DQ and the other special needs foster boys Jim and Wendy foster and bless them by contributing to their spending money or gas money, Wendy has a Paypal account:

wendyblasdell at yahoo dot com

or you could email me at wjcsydney at yahoo dot com for their mailing address.


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3 Responses to “DQ goes to Disney World!”

  1. leonhlawka Says:

    love peace and joy


  2. Miss Elaine E. Uss « Minutes to Memories Says:

    […] July 6, 2009 in Miscellaneous #1: The blog world allows us to make friends all over the world. My Australian friend, Wendy, asked all her blogger friends to pass along the following link. If you have some cash in your pocket begging to make a trip to a worthy cause, check out THIS LINK. […]

  3. Wendy Blasdell Says:

    DQ and I read your blogs about him and he is THRILLED!! He said, “People everywhere know ME!!” Thank you, Wendy for posting this. It made the trip real to him again and he is so proud that he’s ‘on the ‘net!’ You are such a special friend!!
    He also told the other boys…”Someone in Australia KNOWS ME!!”
    After we get the school clothes and school supplies bought, we are going to save to go to the Smokey Mtns. (Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg) We would only have to pay for 3 motel rooms (or a cabin) for 2 or 3 nights and our food. We have 9 different things we can do there FREE for all of us. They gave us papers at Give Kids the World that allow us to go to different parks and fun places for a year!! In the Smokies we can go to the Aquarium, Ober Gatlinburg (amusement park on top of a very high mountain and they get wristbands to ride as much as they want), Ripley’s Believe It or Not, and lots of other Ripley things…Anyway, they have never been to the mountains (I used to live close to there) so I would love for them to see the splendor that God has created. The leaves should be changing in about a month. That would be a beautiful time to see the mountains, streams and incredible beauty.
    Please keep in prayer…DQ and all his medical needs, Andrew, because it has been discovered that he DOES NOT have a vascular malformation in his head….instead, he has had a deep brain stroke at some point in his life. He is also having silent seizures! We would not have known that…except that he was having an EEG and he had one and it showed on film. He and I will go into Children’s hospital on 9/8/09 for 3 to 5 days so they can monitor him 24/7 and see how many of these silent strokes he is having. I have grown to love this child so much. Also, I am continuing to give Matt nightly shots of human growth hormone to help him grow. So far (since Feb. 7th when we started the shots) he has barely grown a quarter inch but the doctor says that it is starting so to continue and see him again in January. Matt is 4’6″ and weighs 64 pounds. He will be 16 on Sept. 13th and is a sophmore in high school!! He hasn’t even gone through puberty yet. The fact is…he’s cute as a button and looks about 9 years old. He has BIG plans for when he grows to 7 foot tall!! He wants to play college basketball!! I sure hope he makes it!
    Thanks for letting me share with you. Wendy Ceeeeeeeeee, we love you so much. You send so much caring our way and the kids feel it across the miles and I feel it through my ‘puter!! Thanks so much for caring for us and loving us and we SURE LOVE YOU!!!
    wendy beeeeeeeee

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