Happy birthday to Wesley and Wyatt!
In Florida, Wesley and Wyatt celebrated their birthday and are Casey Cares' 975th and 976th birthday this year!
Casey Cares understands that for a critically ill child, each birthday is a special milestone celebrating life. For the children in our programs, it not only marks another year, but it also demonstrates a great achievement. Every year, Casey Cares staff and volunteers work hard to send out each of our kids a special birthday package through our Birthday Blast program - there's over 1,000 that we send! This simple act of kindness delivers joy and hope to our kids who are undergoing harsh treatment.
Wesley and Wyatt were diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when they were young and joined Casey Cares in 2019. The twin's journey to their diagnosis has been complicated.
"A normal child with cystic fibrosis is often diagnosed with a newborn screening, for Wesley and Wyatt it took 9 years to figure out why their persistent respiratory issues would not go away," says mom Rebecca.
She continues, "The first year we struggled coping with the news, there are still days we struggle. They both undergo a lot of treatments and medications to stay healthy, sometimes being hospitalized every couple of months."
Thanks to Casey Cares and their generous donors and sponsors, Wesley and Wyatt, his parents, and their siblings have loved visiting the Monster Jam at Tampa, got Rays tickets, at-home Movie & PJ nights, and heading to Clearwater Aquarium.
According to Rebecca, the family loves "the at-home movie night gifts, we spend a lot of time at home. Especially during cold and flu season, the boys seem to get sicker in those months and need lots of rest and recovery. It brightens their days when we get to do something special with a movie and pizza."
The bond between the boys is strong. Rebecca states, "Wesley and Wyatt are actually mirror image twins which is more unique then being diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. They love video games and cooking."
You can support critically ill children like Wesley and Wyatt this holiday season - click here!