Wishes came true for some deserving patients at Yale New Haven Hospital on Friday.
They thought they were there to help open a new teen center at the hospital, but the celebration was really about three teens who have been battling serious illnesses.
“The hospital has been involved with Make-A-Wish for a long time,” said Pam Keough, president of Make-A-Wish Connecticut. “For the last five years, you’ve referred 450 patients, and last year alone was 100 patients.”
They each got to open one big box and there were smiles, hugs and tears as their wishes were granted.
“My wish was to go on a cruise in the Caribbean because I wanted to get away from the cold that is in Connecticut, not a fan of it. And that got granted today.” said Aaron Cusson, a 15-year-old patient who was diagnosed with a brain tumor. “For me it’s going to be a nice vacation away from reality.”
“It’s really amazing,” said his father, William Cusson. “He went through hell last year and this is a nice break for him.”
Keough said Make-A-Wish comes into children’s lives at a time when they need it most.
“They’re going through a really difficult time in their life; their whole family is part of it. We come in and give them some hope. And we give them something to look forward to,” she said.