Muhammad loves animals. He spends his free-time reading about different species, and he especially enjoys learning about his favorite animal: the shark! The six-year-old from Vienna, VA is diagnosed with a rare disease, and because of his condition, he has gone through difficult surgeries and tough times in the hospital. Despite all of this, he has an adventurous spirit and loves to explore new places. Muhammad wished to go to San Diego so that he could see some of his favorite animals in person at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and SeaWorld!
From the start, Muhammad’s wish trip was amazing. He received VIP treatment from the United staff and TSA employees and was greeted by Make-A-Wish® volunteers when he touched down in the San Diego airport. He had a fantastic time seeing all of the animals at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, but his favorite moment of all was meeting dolphins at SeaWorld. Muhammad was able to enjoy an interactive session during which he played with dolphins and learned from the trainers.
Muhammad’s wish come true expanded his horizons by allowing him to travel to a new place where he could learn more about his favorite animals up close. The wish also brought him extraordinary joy; his dad shared that he had never seen Muhammad as happy as he was while he was on his wish. That joy remained with Muhammad even after the wish was over, as his teachers reported seeing a difference in him when he returned. A wish come true, like Muhammad’s, can transform a child’s life by instilling a new sense of joy.