A Terminally ill 6-Year Old Boy Decides to Do Something Very Special With His Make-A-Wish Gift

One Terminally ill 6-Year Old Boy and his Make-A-Wish GiftThis heart-breaking story is an example of extraordinary kindness between two children, it is also a grand lesson in how we all might attempt to act in life.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation is a well-known charity that aims to help terminally ill children realize their hopes and dreams, under otherwise terrible personal circumstances.

Whether it be a trip to Disneyland, or a meeting with a famous hero the Foundation has assisted in bringing a moment of happiness into the lives of countless children over the years.

However, this story among such hardship does stand out.

One Terminally ill 6-Year Old Boy and his Make-A-Wish Gift

In 2014, Make-A-Wish approached 6-year-old Levi Mayhew and gave him the opportunity to have his wish granted. Instead, he asked for his wish to be given to someone else – a 10-year-old girl from his school named Emma Broyer.

One Terminally ill 6-Year Old Boy and his Make-A-Wish Gift
Levi has found a supportive and caring friend in Emma at school where she walks him to his classroom, greets him in the hallway and encourages other classmates to send him cards

Levi is suffering from a genetic disorder on the Zellweger spectrum. Sadly, Doctors do not believe he will live to the age of eight.

Rebecca Drake, Levi’s mom, said he can no longer walk, talk, or sit up. He is also rapidly losing his sight.

As Levi’s health deteriorated, “Emma was one of the few people who could bring him genuine joy,” Rebecca told Indiana’s Reporter-Times.

“They had attended the same school at the time of Levi’s diagnosis,” she said. “Since finding out about his condition, Emma has written Levi letters of encouragement and has asked her friends to do the same.”

Emma could always manage to make her son smile.

One Terminally ill 6-Year Old Boy and his Make-A-Wish Gift
Rebecca Drake (above), Levi’s mom, said that it felt really good to give back to Emma. She calls her ‘Levi’s angel’

And when Levi was given a chance to do anything he wanted, he asked that his wish be transferred to Emma and her family.

One Terminally ill 6-Year Old Boy and his Make-A-Wish Gift

To reveal the good news Levi also asked for a party to be held for his friend.

“The party was completely a surprise to Emma,” Rebecca said. “When she came into the restaurant, she saw all of her friends and family and was seemingly confused until she saw Levi.”

Rebecca said that Emma “quickly came to his side, held his hand and said, ‘Hi Levi! It’s me, Emma!’”

“Levi was overwhelmed and crying prior to her arrival, but he calmed down as soon as he heard her voice…. After dinner, we told Emma that we had a shirt for her. When she opened it, the words on the shirt were ‘Levi wished for ME to go to Disney!!!’ Levi had a coordinating shirt that said ‘I wished for Emma to go to Disney!!’”

One Terminally ill 6-Year Old Boy and his Make-A-Wish Gift
Emma and ‘Flat Levi’ as she viewed the inside of the cockpit of an airplane during the special trip (above).

Levi’s condition meant that he could not go with Emma and her family; however, Emma thought of a way to have him by her side.

She took a colour printout of Levi with her and carried it around wherever she went while in Florida, including all the rides where she could at Disney World.

One Terminally ill 6-Year Old Boy and his Make-A-Wish Gift
As she relaxed on the beach during her first time seeing the ocean, Levi stayed on her mind with the cardboard companion at her side.

One Terminally ill 6-Year Old Boy and his Make-A-Wish Gift

Emma and her family also made a scrapbook of their holiday to give to Levi when they returned.

“It felt so good to give back to this little girl. Emma has given so much to us without even realizing it,” Rebecca said.

“It’s a very warm feeling to know that another child loves and cares so much for your child, especially while facing the challenges stacked against us.”

One Terminally ill 6-Year Old Boy and his Make-A-Wish Gift
Rebecca said she hopes that people will learn of Levi and Emma’s story and will be inspired to help children who have special needs. She said all it takes is a smile to make a difference (above Emma and Levi pictured with their families)

To find out more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, or to donate, head here.


  1. Beautiful story of what it really means to love another person and help them when they suffer. They have a true friendship. It is funny sometimes how the children teach us all how we should treat each other.


  2. I always feel the impulse to hug children to protect them for such sadness and pain when because I will never cope with children having any sort of pain even less a terminal illness. That is a beautiful story but I wish he could live his life like he wanted to.


  3. Reblogged this on The Forever Years and commented:

    A wonderful story… the mother of Levi, who is 6 years old and terminally ill, hopes that this story will inspire others who are in what must surely be one of the most difficult situations imaginable to be in, knowing that your child’s life will end long before your own.

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  4. Reblogged this on Watch With Glittering Eyes and commented:

    Kids live from the heart; they have a beautiful way of standing up for themselves in an admirably selfish manner, and then turning around and making genuine and grand gestures for others.

    This story is a pure demonstration of the latter, and frankly it’s crazy that gratitude flows so intensely from a little man who’s got so little going for him. Then there’s Emma, the eight-year-old with courage that far outpaces adults, who boldly pours herself into someone else when they need it. She’s truly a little role model to the rest of us.


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