Daniel gets his wish

Nicholas Mercer
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Carbonear boy receives toys, electronic media from Children's Wish Foundation

There are few things in this world that bring more joy to people than a child's laughter.
It's infectious and can help people forget their problems for a few, fleeting moments when it strikes the right chord.

Daniel Trickett (right) had his wish granted by the Children's Wish Foundation in Carbonear on Dec. 11. He was joined by family and friends including, from left, the foundation's mascot Roary, Chris Pye, Crystal Pye and Tracey Pye.

When you hear a child laughing that full body laugh, you can't help but smile and laugh along with them.

On Dec. 11, inside a white paneled home in Carbonear, family and friends of Daniel Trickett got a healthy dose of hearty laughter and excitement. The group gathered to watch Daniel have his wish granted by the Children's Wish Foundation.

The 13-year-old student at Carbonear Academy has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which affects Daniel's muscles. It's a rare disease that affects one in 3,600 boys.

"(Daniel) has mobility issues," said mother Tracey Pye. "He is on dialysis every day at home."

When he isn't using a wheelchair to move around, Daniel has a specialized bed that he uses to prop himself up when he is at home.

It was in his bed that Daniel received perhaps one of the biggest surprises of his life. Just as the night was starting to take hold, Children's Wish Foundation wish giver extraordinaire Dianne Butt walked through the door carrying some of Daniel's wishes.

There were toy trucks, cars, pieces of electronic media and other items.

"Daniel hasn't stopped playing with them since he got them," said Pye.

After a couple of trips to the van outside, Daniel was engulfed in new toys. Christmas came early to the Pye household and Daniel let the world know about it.

"You could probably hear him down to The Compass," said Pye from the family's home on Bond Street in Carbonear.

Pictures and videos of the scene show a child in the throws of excitement. Eyes wide and mouth open, Daniel cradles a larger-than-life toy truck in one picture, while he unleashes an ear piercing scream in another video.

It's gotten thousands of views online.

Even when all of the gifts had arrived, there was still one more piece that Daniel needed to receive. The Children's Wish Foundation mascot Roary was on scene with a special gift - it was a hug and a mini-Roary. Children get a miniature Roary to hold with them up until the day of their wish. It is meant to send them a message of hope and help them stay positive.

"I'm surprised he got in as close as he did," said Pye.

For Butt, seeing the smiles and laughs of the children is something she never forgets and never gets tired,

"Every wish is different, every wish is unique and it never gets old," she said,

It's been a long road for Pye. She's cared for Daniel since he was very young. Things are looking a little brighter these days.

"I'm never going to forget that smile on his face," said Pye.

nmercer@cbncompass.ca

Organizations: Wish Foundation, Carbonear Academy, The Compass Mini-Roary

Geographic location: Carbonear, Bond Street, Carbonear.Pictures

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