John, aged nine from Hull, is fighting bone cancer. His One True Wish was to go on a Lego® shopping spree in London.
Aged just seven, John was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer, after breaking his thighbone, leaving him bedbound for five months. John went through 11 months of gruelling chemotherapy and he found it tough missing out on time with his family, friends and school.
His illness means he can’t play football or run around. Mum, Sarah, told us that “he struggled through treatment with not being able to be a ‘normal boy' but his courage is incredible, he has never given in.”
John will continue to need regular operations on the metalwork in his leg for leg lengthening.
Lego® has enabled John to play and escape from his pain when he was unable to leave his bed or see friends, that’s why he chose to visit the biggest Lego® store in the UK for his wish.
He told us he was most excited to see the mosaic machine to create a Lego® artwork of himself!
When John’s wish day finally arrived, he and mum Sarah travelled to London and checked into their hotel, before exploring the Christmas market along the Southbank and going on the rides together.
The next day, a Rolls Royce Phantom limousine arrived to take John to the Lego® store and then to Hamleys for a mega-toy shopping spree – John was blown away and took lots of photos to send to his dad who was at work.
In the car, John loved listening to his driver telling him about all the famous places and buildings they were passing.
Once in the Lego® store, John was spell-bound. Soon enough, it was time to make his Lego® photo mosaic – he sat in the booth and took a photo while the machine created a personalised Lego® set for him. He was over the moon, and left the store with Minecraft Lego® sets, Star Wars Lego® sets, Lego® Christmas baubles and even a big red London bus. Sarah says they’ll keep him busy all year!
He plans to hang his Lego® mosaic on his wall as a memory from his wish.
John told his mum the whole trip was magical. There was a big grin on his face for the whole two days and he just couldn’t get enough of the special treatment he was getting.
Sarah said, “it was lovely to see him laughing and smiling. Everyone we met was so kind, and it felt like a world away from being in hospital during treatment. It was amazing for he and I to spend quality time together, with no needles, no x-rays, no doctors, just us laughing and joking and being as silly as we wanted to be. It gave us closeness and of course so many happy memories, which are so important for parents and poorly children alike.”
“Since the wish, John has been a lot happier,” says Sarah, “he’s been telling everyone we see about it, and it’s given him his confidence back.”
John is due to have more x-rays in March to determine when his next leg surgery is needed, and his physiotherapy is ongoing. Sarah believes the wish has reminded John that he’s not just ‘the boy who had cancer’ and that doesn’t have to define him.
She said, "He is conscious of the things adults and doctors say around him and I just want him to know its okay to have been poorly and still be yourself. He is a normal 9-year old boy now and he has the world ahead of him.”