Five-year-old Skyler has A.L.L. Leukemia, and after so many hospital visits and doctor appointments, he was ready for a break.
When Skyler came to Make-A-Wish® Utah to declare his wish, he talked about how much he loves to play video games. When he declared his wish, he said that he wanted to have a Chuck E. Cheese's game room. He loves going to Chuck E. Cheese's and because of his treatments and needing to be careful about exposure to germs, he was unable to go to his favorite game place.
After Skyler declared his wish, his wish granters got to work on making his dreams come true. Taking note of his love for video games, Skyler's wish granters provided him with $400 to spend at Game Stop. When he found out he was shocked and ecstatic (see photo above of Skyler learning about the gift card and watch his reaction).
Two days before his game room was revealed, Skyler went shopping at Game Stop and purchased 16 video games with his gift card. On the day of the big reveal, Skyler and his mom were not allowed to come to their house until 3 p.m. Skyler's mom said that he woke up early that day because he was so excited and was so anxious for 3 p.m. to come around that they finally had to leave the house and drive around to pass the time.
When they arrived at the house, Skyler made his way in to where the room was. The door was wrapped like a present and when he stepped inside, he was speechless. He walked around and looked at everything in his room, which was a lot, according to his mom.
Skyler's Chuck E. Cheese's game room was equipped with arcade-style video games that actually spit out tickets to be used at the ticket prize counter, also in the room. There was also a Wii and Xbox, a chair to recline and play games in, a pool table, a cotton candy, popcorn and snow cone maker, a booth to eat pizza in, an oven to cook the pizza in, an armoire full of board games and more. Skyler was so excited and his mom was trying to keep her tears of joy from spilling over.
After everything that Skyler has been through, his mom says that his moment of pure happiness is rewarding. Skyler now has a room of his own where he can retreat to play games and be a kid who loves video games. As he continues to fight his cancer, he has a place where he can take a break and make new, happy memories with his mom and family.
Wish granters: Mandi Peterson and Stephanie Duerden