Finding Freedom: Granting Local Child’s Wish for Independence

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By Marcus Fernandez

Thirteen thousand wishes and one thousand one hundred miles combined to create one changed life. Community and service are at the foundation of everything we do at Kinney, Fernandez & Boire. Since 2009, one of our philanthropic outreach projects has included partnering with Make-A-Wish to grant the wishes of children suffering from life-threatening illnesses in our Tampa Bay community. Recently, Marcus and Lauren Fernandez, both of whom are “Wish Makers,” had the chance to help grant Make-A-Wish of Southern Florida‘s momentous 13,000th Wish.

As Wish Makers, Marcus and Lauren traditionally meet with each Wish Kid and their family to learn about each child. Then they help identify their wish and locate the resources to make their dream come true. Enter Noah, a 9-year-old with muscular dystrophy, who recently moved to Tampa in April.  

Noah’s Journey Toward Independence

Since Noah’s wish-granting process began while still in Illinois. He arrived at the local chapter already knowing what he’d “wish to have” that could change his life. Unable to walk on his own, Noah wished for more independence with an upgraded, all-terrain wheelchair. With his newfound freedom, he could participate in outdoor activities previously inaccessible to him. With Noah’s wish selected, Marcus and Lauren helped eliminate the only barrier, the funding needed to purchase the wheelchair.

Recently, the pair joined Noah, his family, and leaders from Make-A-Wish of Southern Florida to unveil his new ride. Now, Noah can take advantage of all the outdoor activities he loves and explore the Sunshine State. He loves spending time outside with his family, whether it’s a day of fishing or going to the beach. The ATV wheelchair can move over curbs, on grass, and through sand, which is great now that he calls Florida home. Plus, his chair features his favorite color, orange!

The children and families of Tampa Bay inspire us daily. As members of this beautiful community, it’s our mission to enhance the lives of children and empower future generations. KFB Law’s Community Action Plan is about helping kids, just like Noah, move forward with happier, healthier lives.