CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) – All this week, Good Morning Richmond is sharing stories of the children having their dreams made into reality thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Make-A-Wish grants wishes to children who suffer from life-threatening illnesses, like Bryce Conner.
Bryce has Leigh’s Disease, a rare, inherited and progressive neurometabolic disorder.
“Initially he was completely fine,” said Brian Conner, Bryce’s dad. “And then we just started to notice some extreme fatigue. He started to have some leg weakness.”
“He lost all function,” Bryce’s mom, Jody Conner said. “He couldn’t sit up anymore. He couldn’t self feed. Couldn’t talk, walk, anything.”
However, Jody said that when her son’s condition improved, he kept his mind sharp with video games.
“It just provided him an escape from doctors appointments and medical procedures,” Jody said.
Video games offer more than just an escape, though. They’ve helped Bryce dream up big aspirations.
“I want to be a game maker,” Bryce said.
That’s why Make-A-Wish is helping Bryce to meet the creator of one of his favorite video games.
The meeting has Bryce’s parents excited for their son.
“The last two years all our vacations have been spent going to specialists and doctors,” Brian said. “It’s just amazing that they can afford and give us and make this wish for him.”