It’s not difficult to understand why his favorite Disney character is Peter Pan.
Much like his hero, all Jacob wanted was to be a kid again.
He’s eight. And where most eight-year-olds spend their time swinging a baseball bat, playing with toys or rolling around in the dirt, Jacob’s time is spent focused on a different, more mature matter: his health.
For the last two years, Jacob has been dealing with a congenital heart condition that has stripped him of his desire to be a carefree child.
But when Make-A-Wish® Alabama granted his wish in 2014 to go on a Disney Cruise Line® cruise – that childlike sense of wonder and excitement quickly returned.
“When Jacob saw the boat for the first time his whole face lit up,” Jacob’s mother, Decia, said.
For Jacob, it was an opportunity to think about the next big adventure and not worry about hospitals or endless treatments. For Decia, it was an opportunity to see her son smile and to be in a moment where nothing else matters except family.
“One day Jacob looked at me and said ‘All we have to think about is having fun’,” she said. “It is so true – for that period of time we did not have to think about any of his problems.”
“For many of our families, a wish experience is more than having something, going somewhere, meeting someone or being something,” Make-A-Wish Alabama President and CEO, Pam Jones, said. “A wish experience is just that: an experience. It’s something from start to finish that offers smiles, laughter and memories not only for the wish child, but the family as well.”
On the cruise, Jacob enjoyed playing in all the pools and he even got to meet Peter Pan’s archenemies, Captain Hook and Mr. Smee.
“He was just a normal kid having a great time,” Decia said. “I am so thankful for the chance for him to have that time.”
He was a normal kid having a great time that, if only for a little while, did not have to grow up.
“Regardless of what life brings, we will always have that wonderful experience to look back on, smile and remember all the fun,” Decia said.