DJ is a sweet little boy who lives with a neurological disorder. Because of his condition, the 13-year old from Baltimore, MD must attend frequent doctors’ appointments and cannot always participate in the same activities as his friends. For years, DJ wanted to have a dog of his own to be his constant companion – even when his condition forced him to stay at home and slow down.
When DJ learned that Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic would be granting his wish to have a dog, he was thrilled and began to research dog breeds and brainstorm puppy names. Ultimately, DJ decided to get a playful boxer puppy and name him Zane!
At Zane’s first vet appointment, DJ had the chance to listen to his puppy’s heartbeat. At that moment, DJ set the goal to become a veterinarian himself one day; he realized that he can relate to the animals in a special way since he knows what it’s like to be the patient and endure tough medical procedures
Since bringing Zane home, DJ's life has changed completely. He has not only discovered a new career aspiration, but he also has newfound energy and joy. A wish come true, like DJ's, can change a child’s life for the better.