We received the following wish from Amy (Henry's mommy) via our website:
Dear Bianca's Kids: ...
Henry is the sweetest 4 year old boy. His condition Arthrogryposis leaves him with weak muscles and stiff joints. He has a wheelchair for mobility and has limited use of his arms and hands. He struggles to have the strength to do things with his hands. He wishes for his very own iPad that he can use to work on his letter and numbers. And to play games and watch movies on his 8 hour car trips that he takes regularly to see his Specialized Doctor in Philadelphia.
Dear Amy, we are thrilled to grant this wish for you. We have a shiny new IPad on its way to Henry which should help with his ABC's and keeping him happy during his long car rides to the doctor.
Here is the wish we received via our website:
Dear Bianca's Kids:
My brother-in-law was recently diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. He has started a very rigid and intense treatment plan that has understandably been stressful and emotional for him as well as his family. Along with four older boys, my sister and brother- in-law also have one 11 year old son and this has been extremely difficult for him. Jacob is trying to understand and process a very scary diagnosis. My wish is for Jacob to receive some therapy in order to understand what he is going through and hopefully be able process and cope through this huge change. I can not imagine being his age and trying to understand everything that is going on. His whole world has changed. He is an amazing little man and any help you could give him would be so appreciated!
Dear Amy, there are few relationships more precious than father and son. We can't imagine the fear Jacob is experiencing at this time and we want to help him through it. Accordingly, we are granting your wish with 6 therapy sessions for Jacob with an amazing therapist. We hope it helps and will keep your family in our prayers during this difficult time.
Due to privacy & confidentiality purposes, last names and real photos of wish recipient have not been used.
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Here's the wish we received via our website:
Dear Bianca's Kids,
My wish is for Chase to have a weighted snuggle vest that he can wear when we go to public places. Chase's senses are best described as being in a traffic jam and he has a difficult time functioning in places outside of the home. The vest would bring him some comfort and help to ease his anxiety.
Thank you for the consideration.
Maureen, weighted vests are a great stress-reducer and blessing to a lot of kids. Accordingly, we granted your wish by ordering a vest for Chase which will be delivered to you in the next 2-7 days. We hope it helps your little guy.
Today, we mailed out a care package to Drake which included a lot of items from you, our amazing supporters. His care package included but was not limited to a plethora of remote control cars, Pokemon items, collectible cars along with various other toys, ITunes, Amazon, ToysRus and Google Play gift cards and greeting cards for Drake to enjoy.
We cannot thank you enough for your continued support and huge hearts in bringing joy to amazing children that are burdened with cancer like Drake. We are sure this care package will bring a much needed smile to his face
Here's the wish we received via our website:
Dear Bianca's Kids,
When Amelia was born in 2011 we found out she had Down's Syndrome. I was searching for grants to help my little Amelia with music therapy classes that I unfortunately cannot afford. Hopefully you might help my little girl and make a significant impact on Amelia's present life and future.
I would like Amelia to live a full life and try new things, especially things that she enjoys like music. Amelia likes music very much, any kind really, and she dances every time she hears it in her own funny way. I strongly believe that music classes will not only build up her immune system, but they will bring what she has inside - out: the language (she does not speak much yet), the feelings, etc. By watching, learning, and copying other students, Amelia will not only learn, but she will acquire social skills that will help her find a way in this life and become somebody. Please, help Amelia open a door to a new world!
Dear Katerina, Amelia is absolutely beautiful. We too believe music therapy would help her in a number ways. So, we are happy to grant your wish! Bianca's Kids is paying for music therapy for Amelia for the remainder of the school year. We hope she loves it!
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We recently received a wish via our website from April, the proud mother of Max. Max is a 4 year old boy who was adopted from foster care in 2014. Due to Max's diagnosis of XLMTM (a rare and severe form of muscular dystrophy) ,Max is non ambulatory, trached and requires the use of a ventilator 24/7. April submitted a wish for Max for a water table. This table would provide Max something he loves ...and at times, misses a lot - water play.
We granted this wish for Max because, well, who could say no to his adorable face?? Truth is, Max deserves some fun and his new water table will bring it to him.
God bless the parents who adopt a special needs child. For they are among the most special mommies and daddies in the world!
❤️WISH GRANTED FOR 3-YEAR-OLD SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD JUST TRYING TO BE ACCEPTED-MEET BEAUTIFUL ISABELLA
Here's the wish we received from Isabella's mommy:
Dear Bianca's Kids:
Isabella is a beautiful 3 year old little girl with a big personality. Isabella has been struggling developmentally since she was 9 months old. I have taken her to many doctors, Childrens hospitals, and therapist to try and figure out why my little princess was struggling so much. Finally at the age of 3 and after many different diagnoses Isabella was diagnosed with Austim and anxiety. She struggles to find activities she can share with other children and be accepted.
It's been my dream to be able to enroll Isabella in activities she enjoys so she can feel a part of something and make friends. Isabella has a hard time socially. When she is doing something she loves her anxiety isn't as bad and she is able to open up and interact with other children. Unfortunately, due to my husband having many illnesses himself, we have been struggling financially. I try my hardest to work and keep up with our bills but there isn't always enough money especially since we have two other children. My wish for Isabella is to enroll her in swimming lessons. Isabella has an elopement risk and wonders away. We have many pools in our area. I would like Isabella to have swimming lessons for a form of therapy and also to keep her safe. My biggest fear is if she would wonder away into a neighbor's pool and possibly drown. For some families this wish would be within reach but unfortunately it's not for our family. I thank you for this opportunity and hope we can be considered.
Kayla, we are thrilled to grant this wish for you. So, we have covered the cost for 6 months of swim lessons for Isabella at Goldfish Swim School - Mount Laurel. These weekly lessons will teach Bella how to swim and undoubtedly make a few buddies in her class along the way. We hope this will release you is the worry too.
#autism #autismawareness #watersafety #swimmin
**Wish Granted for the children of Pi Beta Phi Elementary School, victims of devastating fires in Gatlinburg, TN ***
In Nov 2016, much of the beautiful town of Gatlinburg TN was destroyed by devastating fires. One of the places severely impacted was the PI Beta Phi Elementary School. To date, the children of Pi Beta Phi remain displaced. Bianca's Kids has received a lot of support from the Town of Gatlinburg including a $5,000 grant from our friends at Sugarlands Distilling Company in 2016. As we believe in giving back to those who give to us, we knew we wanted to help the children of Gatlinburg in any way we could.
To that end, today we sent a donation to Pi Beta Phi Elementary to help with their rebuild. It is our hope that our small token of help will assist Pi Beta Phi in getting its school and students back to normal again.
A note of thanks from Pi Beta Phi:
"Please accept my sincere appreciation to the individuals and organizations that have reached out to Pi Beta Phi Elementary and our Gatlinburg school community with assistance, care, and love. Each one of you may never realize the impact your prayers, donations, and acts of kindness can make in the life of our students and fellow staff members. You may never know the sense of peace you brought to the mind, heart, and soul of a child or a Pi Beta Phi staff member by simply helping meet a basic need - the need to feel safe and loved; however, I did see how your act of kindness impacted our school family."
Dear Bianca's Kids:
"My wish is for my son Connor to have help with sleeping. He is five years old and still has trouble sleeping through the night. Most of our days start around 3am. I've missed so much work over the past 5 years with him being up all hours of the night, on top of appointments and therapies. I've heard many great things about weighted blankets being able to help. I would love to be able to try this for him."
We were happy to grant this wish for Connor. Our hope is that the weighted blanket we are gifting him will help this adorable little guy get some much needed sleep. We are sure mom could use some Z's too!
#weightedblanket #biancaskids #specialneeds #sensoryitems
Max Von Holt is an adorable 6-year-old brain cancer survivor. This little guy sent us a wish for his very own lemonade stand. Max and his twin brother have BIG plans for this lemonade stand. You see, Max's intensions are not to raise money to buy himself a much deserved toy but instead, to raise money for those who helped him in his fight against cancer. That's right. At the ripe age of 6, this adorable boy has it figured out already. He will give back to those who gave to him.
It is for all of these amazing reasons that we granted Max's wish. We even allowed Max to pick the very lemonade stand he wanted. He chose the one you see in the photograph above. If your in Max's neighborhood, be on the lookout for "Max's LemonAID Stand" and buy a few glasses. It's for a good cause. :)
Good luck Max!