John and Fiston's wish for a shopping spree represented a new beginning in more ways than one.
It's a dream that many teenagers share: to have a shopping spree to buy all the latest gadgets, games, and gear one could hope for. But for Fiston and his brother John—both diagnosed with a life-threatening hematologic disorder —the opportunity for each of them to choose their most heartfelt wish represented a chance for a new beginning in more ways than one.
The two boys and their family recently moved to the United States as refugees from the Republic of the Congo and when Fiston and John each wished to have his own special day of shopping, it not only gave them something positive to look forward to during treatments, but also gave them the chance to acclimate to the culture and their a new life in America. In addition to shopping for himself, each boy chose to buy things for the family as well, such as new high-tops for younger sister Pricilla, and new pots and pans for Mom.
"The boys are incredibly kind," said Faith and Ghill, the two volunteers from Make-A-Wish® San Diego who planned the boys' wishes and accompanied them on each of their special days. "They both have such big hearts."
Fiston and John’s wishes were adopted by the Zable Foundation