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Six-year-old Atticus has a serious neurological condition and requires constant care and attention. He began having seizures at just four-and-a-half months old and continues to have several seizures a day.
“I don’t know how we do it sometimes, but we do. We put one foot in front of the other and we live one day at a time,” says Atticus’s mom, Melissa. “He isn’t his illness, he is so much more. He is happy, he’s sweet, he’s loving, he’s funny.”
Atticus’s mobility is limited, and he can’t communicate verbally, but he is a happy kid who smiles the most when he is outside enjoying the sights and sounds of nature. Melissa remembers when he saw fireworks for the first time on a camping trip – he was completely awestruck. Atticus’s love for the outdoors is truly second to none. It was no surprise to his wish granters that he wanted an RV, so he could go camping more often with his family.
“We’re going to get him out in the fresh air, we’re going to just enjoy camping,” said Atticus’s dad, Terence.
For the past four years, Go RVing Canada has partnered with Make-A-Wish® Canada during Canadian RVing and Camping Week in May to fundraise in support of wishes and help grant a camping themed wish for a child battling a critical illness. This year, Go RVing was thrilled to help make Atticus’s dream a reality. Campsites, campers and RV dealers across Canada raised funds with support from Go RVing.
On May 26, Atticus’s family and friends gathered together at Goreski’s Landing RV Resort on Scugog Lake in Kawarthas, Ontario to grant his incredible wish. With help from his brother Tobias, Atticus found the clues in a scavenger hunt that led him to his RV. An enthusiastic crowd was waiting to welcome him to his new home away from home.
Atticus was clearly excited by the big surprise and all of the special attention he was receiving. “I have not seen him that excited in six years, so that in itself is a huge gift,” said Melissa.
Staff and volunteers from Make-A-Wish®, Go RVing and Canadian Camping and RV Council made Atticus wish experience even more special by hosting a celebratory barbeque and marshmallow roast at the campsite. Atticus and his family enjoyed their first night camping in the RV and had many visitors who wanted to meet Atticus and congratulate him on his wish day.
Melissa and Terence grew up camping and exploring nature and they simply wanted their children to enjoy the same experiences they did. Atticus’s wish has given him the opportunity to have the childhood he deserves: playing outside with his siblings, exploring new places and believing that the possibilities are limitless.
Many incredible people and businesses helped grant Atticus’s wish. Thank you for making his one-true-wish possible.
Go RVing Canada
Camp Out RV
Canadian Camping and RV Council
Canadian Recreational Vehicle Association
Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of Canada
Parkbridge Cottage & RV Resort