Five-year-old Eli is crazy about cars. He loves learning about cars and roads, and his favorite hobby is driving his toy cars on map rugs. When asked what his one true wish would be, Eli had a plan in mind – he wanted to have a life-size version of his car rugs that he could play on with his family and friends!
Recovering from a renal transplant, Eli likes to keep busy and have fun, whether he’s discovering more about the cars and roads that interest him so much or spending time with family. Eli especially enjoys playing with his cousins at their grandparents’ farm. When wish-granting volunteers met with Eli, he told them that he would like to have paths built at the nine-acre farm that he and his pals could play on in cars of their own. Eli wanted his heartfelt wish to be one that he could share with his family for years to come.
Eli’s wish was revealed in July 2015 and celebrated with a party for his whole family and their friends in the community. As an added bonus, thanks to a donation from Amazon, Eli was also given brand new Power Wheels cars to ride around on the new farm paths with his cousins! Eli smiled from ear to ear the entire day as he cruised around on the open roads he could truly call his own. Eli picked out the police car for himself, and he even got dressed up in a uniform to match as he led his friends in a Power Wheels caravan.
Eli’s wish truly was a dream come true. The wish experience has provided him and his family with a fun-filled opportunity to spend time with one another, tying together some of Eli’s most favorite things into a wish that their entire family can share and enjoy.
Eli’s wish was one of 72 wishes granted by funds raised through the 2014 Indianapolis Make-A-Wish Request-A-Thon. This year, the Indianapolis community will rally together once again on December 1-2 to help grant the wishes of more Hoosier kids like Eli. Learn more about the Request-A-Thon and how you can get involved here!