8-year-old wish kid Cash was born with numerous life altering conditions including chronic lung disease, a spinal cord injury, scoliosis, and a developmental delay. Cash uses a power wheelchair to move and communicates through a tablet that verbalizes his thoughts with a push of a button. Communicating through a tablet is at times difficult, but the amount of joy Cash shows when watching NASCAR with his dad, helped his wish granters determine his one true wish.
With the company of his parents and twin sisters, Cash made the journey to attend the 2016 NASCAR Spring All-Star Race to meet Kyle Busch in May. The complications and the amount of equipment necessary to meet Cash’s medical needs, makes it difficult for his family to travel. Cash’s dad, Mike, expressed how much he enjoyed taking a family trip with such ease with the help of Make-A-Wish®.
During the wish trip, Cash was able to meet and spend time with Kyle Busch, take pictures with Busch’s 2015 Spring Cup Series trophy, and tour Busch’s Motorsports facility and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The family took pictures with numerous race cars and Cash received a basket full of autographed Kyle Busch souvenirs.
On the race day, Cash and his family toured the pits and garages. As the crews were preparing for the race, they were able to see the pit crews in action with the race cars loud engines revving. Cash’s family sat in a VIP suit with an amazing view to watch the race.
As the announcer roared “drivers, start your engines!,” and the cars began revving, Cash’s face lite up. The screens around the suite replayed the start and it stimulated excitement and smiles from Cash. Kaitlyn, Cash’s sister, said her favorite part of the trip was seeing her brother’s expressions.
While Cash’s initial wish was to meet Kyle Busch, the trip resulted in a week long getaway, where the family didn’t have to think about doctors or hospitals. Besides meeting Kyle Busch and experiencing a NASCAR race, Cash mentioned that his favorite part of the trip was being with his family and getting to stay in a hotel, because he’s usually at home or in the hospital.
At one point during the trip, Cash told Kyle Busch, “I watch all the races with my dad. When I grow up, I want to be a NASCAR driver.” A wish trip to meet Kyle Busch resulted in more wishes for 8-year-old Cash; an outcome we could only hope for, because wishes lead to strength and joy for a child with medical complications.
Cash’s wish was adopted by Mimi Shewey of Sturgis . A special thank you to Make-A-Wish® Central & Western North Carolina for helping with Cash’s wish.