Benjamin from Wading River is a very special, sweet and kind-hearted 11 year-old boy who loves to swim, go to the beach, play basketball and enjoys being on his X-Box! Benjamin is battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and is undergoing treatment. Even on his toughest days, he never complains, he smiles through it all and only thinks of others, not himself.
Benjamin’s initial wish was to go to Disney’s Aulani Resort in Hawaii, which was scheduled to happen in July. Due to COVID-19, we had to postpone his wish to travel but that didn’t stand in the way of Benjamin’s ability to dream. He decided to change his wish to have a swimming pool. His mom Jessica said, “If he had his own pool to swim whenever he wanted, it would be the happiest day of his life!”
Not only is swimming his favorite thing to do, but it is great physical therapy. Swimming at the ocean is difficult, as Benjamin’s legs are not very strong and he easily gets knocked down by the waves. During the pandemic, going to a public pool was not a safe option either. His friends were kind enough to invite him to come play in their pools, but those swim dates had to be cancelled a few times and left Benjamin feeling disappointed.
After reaching out to several different pool companies, we were informed that there was a shortage of available pools left for the season, so we needed to act fast! With only one pool left, we were able to order the last 24’ above ground pool available.
Benjamin’s wish came true in August and now he has a backyard pool to enjoy with his entire family for years to come!