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DQ went to Disney World!

August 29, 2009

Wendy B’s report on their trip:

Hi Everyone! I am so sorry that I have delayed giving an update on the trip. We all came home tired, happy, full of memories and BROKE!!!! Isn’t that the way vacations are suppose to end? LOL The only thing is….I came back with a kidney infection and a bad cold! Luckily it didn’t hit me until the last day coming home so it didn’t interfere with any of the ‘fun’ stuff. I’ve been trying to get well and take the boys on all the appointments that I postponed for the trip. It has been a very busy time.

DQ had a great trip. The only problem of the trip is that we rushed through every day…trying to do all the things that we could before we had to leave. We all agreed when we got home that we felt like we had just left home the day before. It passed so fast. DQ wants me to tell you about our schedule.

We left On Wednesday morning about 8:45AM. We hit the interstate (after gassing up and buying a breakfast sandwich) at 9:30AM. We drove through KY, TN, GA and into Florida about 10 or 12 miles and then stopped for a motel. That was 12 hours!! Jim wanted to stop sooner but we were all so excited that we just ‘kept on going’!!!!! The boys were all excited because there was ‘a real live palm tree’ in the motel lot.

On Thursday we drove on into Florida and down to Kissimmee. We arrived at Give Kids the World about 5PM. That evening, we ate and then went to the Winter Wonderland Santa visit (there on the property) DQ was actually lifted up to sit on Santa’s lap. After he was back in his chair…I noticed he was crying. We ask him if it hurt him to lift him up…he said, “No…I just never got to do that before!” OK…now there was a memory!!! It was worth all the work getting there to see and hear that. After that, the kids (and Jim) went around the property while I went to an orientation meeting to get our tickets to all the parks.

100_1455On Friday, we got up excited and ready to play. We ate breakfast at GKTW (Give Kids the World) and headed out to the Magic Kingdom at Disney World!!!! YAHHHHH. We got there, walked down main street to the castle…turned right to go to Tomorrow Land and the skies opened up! Lightning, thunder, hard rain. We took shelter under a restaurant overhang and stood there for over 2 hours. Finally, one of the park employees said, “This isn’t going to let up.” We then sloshed our way to the cars and headed back to GKTW.

On Saturday, we got up, excited and ready to play!!! We headed to Sea World!! We walked around and let the kids ride some rides. They even lifted DQ onto a couple of rides and strapped him in tight and let him scream with them!!! LOL The very best part was the Shamu show. It was wonderful!!!!! We all loved it!! In the middle of the afternoon…when we were about 1/2 way through the park….guess what? The skys opened again. Now, I’ve been to Florida before and I know that about every afternoon there is a short rain and then it clears right up. NOPE!! That’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about torrents of rain!! We ducked under a small place that sold sodas to get away from the lightning. Once again…we stood there for an hour or more and realized it wasn’t letting up so we sloshed out again. This time, we waded in water nearly to our knees to get out. DQ’s chair was starting to make funny noises so we were afraid it would stop running. On the way back, some of the roads were flooded and we had to detour around. OK…we have laughed about that ever since!! We made some more memories!!!

On Sunday, we got up and rushed to Universal Studios after visiting the chapel at GKTW. Great day! Fun day! HOT DAY!! (101 degrees) But we made it through the day and DQ got to ride some more rides (some are way too rough for him) and they got to visit the big NBA store. Did I tell you that they are MAJOR basketball and football fans. Each used a lot of their spending money to buy a jersey and hat of their favorite teams and have their names put on the back. The NBA store was a BIG highlight for them. To actually have the money to pick out a jersey ($60 to $100) and have their name put on it and get a hat was a BIG deal!! We stayed until 10PM and made it back to GKTW by midnight. We had to stop and eat so we had a Denny’s breakfast!

On Monday, it was back to Disney World!! We saw the magic kingdom, the awesome parade at night and the fantastic fireworks. A very good day!

On Tuesday, we packed and checked out of GKTW by 11 AM. They gave us a list of parks and things to do around the US that we could use for the next year!! The only thing in KY is 6 Flags but in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN there is 9 different things!! The aquarium, Ober Gatlinburg (amusement park and ice skating rink) Ripley’s Believe it or Not and other Ripley attractions. We are excited about saving for a trip (or weekend) down there sometime before it gets too cold. It’s only 2 1/2 hours from here and we love the mountains. We would only have to pay for the motel and food because all the tickets to the other things will be free for the whole family! Exciting!!

100_1583When we left GKTW, they gave us tickets to go to Gator Land. We went straight there and everyone enjoyed seeing the big gators and other swamp creatures!! LOL. DQ had a picture made with a small (live) gator in his lap and a big snake around his neck!!! UGGHHH When we left there, we got something to eat and headed to Daytona Beach since the kids had never seen the ocean. We arrived there about 7PM and let them play in the ocean for a couple of hours. DQ stayed on the hard packed sand…making designs in the sand with his chair and swearing that he ‘saw sharks’ out in the ocean! Later he decided that he probably saw dolphins. LOLOLOL Spent the night a little farther up in Florida.

On Wednesday, we started to do some serious driving to get home. We drove up thru the rest of Florida and into GA. We made it past Atlanta to Dothan (I think) and decided we couldn’t go any farther. There wasn’t the excitement going home that there was in going!! Imagine that!

On Thursday we got up and completed the trip…arriving home early Thursday evening. We drove a total of 1886 miles!!!  Many of you supported us to make this trip possible. Thank you and be assured that DQ has had the experience of a lifetime. We made memories that has touched us all. You have made a difference in the life of a child. The Lexington Dream Factory/Make a Wish should be supported in every way possible. We saw kids at GKTW that will not have much longer on this earth….but their dream was to see Mickey, and they did. A little girl in the house next to us was from California and had a brain tumor at the base of her neck (near her spine) and they had removed it once but they can’t get it all and it keeps coming back. He father said that there is not a lot of hope. But she got to see Mickey!! GKTW is an awesome place for kids who have a dream. A man named Henri Landwirth started it. He was a holocaust survivor. I just read a book of his life. I don’t know if he’s still alive or not.

Thank you all for caring, loving us and helping with our kids dreams.

DQ goes to Disney World!

July 3, 2009

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.


September 24, 2008

DQ is a 16 year old kid/young man, who is fostered by an internet friend of mine in Kentucky, USA.  DQ has muscular dystrophy and a bad heart.  He cannot walk at all and uses a wheelchair.  He has no family, no-one to care for him apart from his foster parents and he has had a life of abuse and neglect up till now.  He is the kindest, sweetest and dear child you would ever want to meet, says WendyB, his foster mom (who, with hubby Jim, has fostered an amazing 189 kids so far and adopted 2 of them!)  They have 5 boys at the moment – all special needs kids.  I love this anecdote she posted about DQ:

“I heard a thump in the back hall earlier this evening and I called out, “What was that?” DQ answered, “It’s OK. Ms. B., I was just practicing my back flips!” God love him…he has my heart!”

DQ and M

DQ and M

DQ had surgery on his back (he had his spine fused and steel rods inserted) at the end of June so that he could breathe more easily.  On 17 July he became very ill and nearly died when an E-Coli infection set in.  He had 3 more surgeries, his back being left open to heal “from the inside out”.  He was stitched up again on 9 September, but his back keeps leaking fluid.  He came home last week with a wound vac to suction the wound (from the top of his spine to his tailbone), IV antibiotics (which are labour intensive – Wendy is getting 3-4 hours sleep a night) and daily Home Health.

The lifespan for a kid with Duchennes Muscular Dystrophy is early to mid twenties.  Jim and Wendy hope to be able to care for him until then and to give him the best years they can.  DQ told one of the nurses that he hopes to be able to stay with them until he dies.  He always has a smile and a good attitude, even during the very worst of the pain.

He has lost most of his upper body movement and strength since his surgery and infection and has to be cared for like a baby at the moment. He even needs pillows under his arms for him to be able to eat or brush his teeth because he just can’t lift his arms high enough.  He needs total care now he is home.  He can’t start physical therapy for a year until his back heals inside.  Then he can start to build back his upper body strength if the muscular dystrophy has not already locked it out.

Wendy and Jim are saving to buy DQ a laptop, and hopefully later a keyboard.  Here is where we can help.  Can I ask those of you who can spare $10 (or $5) to send it to Wendy and Jim?  Their meagre resources have been incredibly stretched by the 84 mile round trips to the hospital (one of them was there with him continually since the surgery) and the other incidental expenses.  The B’s will need a chairlift for their van too.  There have been funding “issues” and the state cut off all funds for him, except his medical card to pay for the hospital… Sigh.  The payments should resume now he is out of hospital.

Let’s inundate DQ with cards of encouragement.  Emails would be good too.  For those of us who can afford to help with the laptop funding, let’s do that as well.

Let’s make a difference in this young man’s life!  His story has touched mine.

James 1:27

Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.

Email me at wjcsydney @ yahoo dot com and I will send you the address and details for cards, emails and/or donations.