EDMONTON – A young Edmonton boy with terminal cancer had a dream come true Monday with a little help from the Children’s Wish Foundation.
Ten-year-old Aaron Maier’s wish was simple: a VIP Lego shopping spree.
Maier was diagnosed with a stage four high-risk neuroblastoma when he was just five years old.
“He’s essentially been fighting cancer for most of his life,” said Megan Tilley, a wish coordinator with the Children’s Wish Foundation.
Over the past few years, Maier has undergone several treatments but this past November, Maier and his family were told the disease had spread throughout his body. The family made the difficult decision to discontinue treatment and focus on having as much fun as possible.
Maier’s mom Theresa Skinner said it was only natural to have Lego play such a large role in his wish.
“He loves Lego,” she explained. “It’s engaging. It keeps him busy. It passes the time.”
“He’s spent a lot of time sitting in beds and stuff so Lego was something he could always have there and do and he felt accomplished. Lego is awesome.”
It wasn’t easy for Maier to decide what his wish would be, but he thought about others in making his decision.
“When he got to make his last wish he was hemming and hawing on it for a while and he finally said ‘you know what? I’m going to get Lego. I’m going to go on a big Lego shopping spree and it will be so fun. Then, anything I can’t build I can donate back to the other kids at the hospital so that they have something to help with their time’,” Skinner recalled.
Maier is no stranger to giving back. Earlier this year he helped raise more than $90,000 for the Hair Massacure.
For Monday’s Lego wish, Maier and his friend were given a budget of $5,000 to spend at the Southgate Shopping Centre Lego store.