Hartford Teen Battling Sickle Cell Anemia Gets His Wish - NBC Connecticut

Hartford Teen Battling Sickle Cell Anemia Gets His Wish



    Make A Wish Foundation helps Hartford teenager (Published Tuesday, March 11, 2014)

    After his first limousine ride, all the way from Hartford Public High School to Fairfield County, Jonathan French was excited.

    For years, French has battled sickle cell anemia and has been in and out of the hospital. Today, the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted his wish.

    He had asked for a laptop computer, and Precision Computer Services invited French and his family to their store in Shelton to pick it up.

    "Lately I've been having a lot of papers and the only way to do them is if I go to the library," he said.

    After a PCS employee fired up the computer, Jonathan was shocked to see his favorite NBA player, Kobe Bryant, on the wallpaper.

    "That's awesome!" he said.

    Then he cut a three-layer cake with "Jonathan, Wishes Do Come True" written on the frosting.

    "It's been great because Jonathan had a long time picking out his wish," said Pam Keough, chief operating officer of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Connecticut. "He finally decided the computer was what he wanted and we knew that PCS was a terrific partner that we'd had over the last 10 years. We just knew they were the right person to give Jonathan his wish."

    Mike FitzSimons, the owner of Precision Computer Services, gave French and his brother a tour of the facility.

    "It's great to be able to reach out and get to meet some of the people we're helping out," FitzSimons said. "It's inspirational to everyone in the organization, so for everything that we give, we get back tenfold."

    French has good days and bad days. His mother said he's almost been living in the hospital.

    This was a good day.

    "This is really magical," he said.  "I'm really thankful for even being here."

    French has another wish he shared with the group. He'd like to go into nursing, to treat people with sickle cell and cancer.