Boy with rare illness on road to recovery with help from A Wish Come True

WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) — It was four years ago in August when Isaiah Hazard was playing flag football. He was a healthy little boy, happy to play with his friends and ready for a new school year.

In a matter of days, his ability to walk, hold his head up, and move his arms and legs deteriorated and he became paralyzed from the neck down, only able to communicate through blinking his eyes.  

Hazard is one of only about 800 cases in the entire world diagnosed acute flaccid myelitis, which is inflammation of the spinal cord and there’s no cure.

Hazard’s journey took the 5-year-old and his family to a variety of specialists and hospitals around Southern New England. He was on a ventilator for four months and over the past four years has re-learned how to sit, talk, move his hands and be able to navigate in a wheel chair.  

Shortly after Hazard’s diagnosis, his family was introduced to A Wish Come True.

The nonprofit and its director, Mary-Kate O’Leary, has been a beacon of hope for Isaiah and his family. From connecting them with services to emotionally help, supporting them while they adjust to their new normal, to yoga classes for Hazard’s mom and connecting her to other families whose children have been diagnosed with life altering illnesses, to granting Hazard’s wish of spending a week at Disney, picked up by a limo, cutting all the lines at the parks and meeting his favorite characters.  

A Wish Come True needs your help to continue serving families in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts.

The organization is hosting a fundraiser gala Saturday, October 9 at the Water Fire Events Center. You can purchase tickets here.  

To learn more about A Wish Come True, the children and families they serve and how to donate, click here.

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