April 29, 2017
What could possibly be more magical than a Ball? The sequins on my royal blue gown catch the sparkle from the crystal chandeliers overhead, and it doesn’t seem real. I feel like a common villager, trying to pass as a princess. I can hardly believe that I am the same person who, just a few hours ago, was checking our son’s lab results, confirming the next appointment with his specialist, and measuring out his daily medications. That was real life, messy and routine and sometimes exhausting. But this opulent ballroom with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and the small ensemble in the corner playing beautiful classical music? This is magical!
I can’t help staring at our son all decked out in his black suit and tie – the first one he has ever worn in his life – and admiring how dashing he looks. The blue sash across his shoulder, the one with the words Wish Kid on it, make him seem almost royal. He and the other Wish Kids like him, are the reason everyone is here. We have been invited to this Wish Ball, an annual charity gala to celebrate the wishes that have been granted to children with life-threatening medical conditions. If the cost of admission is having a child with a life-threatening medical condition, it is a steep one indeed!