Teen’s laptop wish granted

Aethne Hinchliffe
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JR Coley sits in an armchair in his living room in Isle aux Morts playing a video game on his new Alienware computer.

JR Coley plays a game on his Alienware laptop. He got the computer as a wish through the Children’s Wish Foundation.

He hasn’t spent much time away from it, he said, sitting at his kitchen table on Aug. 31. The computer goes wherever he goes.

Mr. Coley got the laptop as a wish through the Children’s Wish Foundation.

“It was March 15 he went in for a doctor’s appointment, and the nurse came and took me to one side and told me that he qualifies for a wish,” said his mother Michelle. “I said, ‘Save it for someone who needs it.’”

She said the nurse insisted Mr. Coley qualifies for a wish.

According to the Children’s Wish Foundation website, children under the age of 18 who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening or terminal illness may qualify. The physician treating the child makes the final decision.

When Mr. Coley was 16 months old, he had open-heart surgery at the Royal Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa. Mr. Coley has a congenital heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot.

Since the surgery, it’s been doctors’ appointments all the time, said Mrs. Coley.

Why was a computer Mr. Coley’s wish?

“It’s a gaming laptop, and that’s all I do,” he said.

He said he plays all sorts games, such as hunting, racing and war games, though Call of Duty is his favourite.

“I think it’s very nice what it does,” said Mr. Coley about the Wish Kid Foundation.

Mrs. Coley said the wish was unexpected, but they were very grateful.

 

Organizations: Wish Kid Foundation, Royal Hospital of Eastern Ontario

Geographic location: Ottawa

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