Orlando is an 11-year-old boy from Wichita, Kansas. He was diagnosed with brain cancer in September 2015. His doctors were able to remove a baseball-sized astrocytoma tumor, and he is currently enduring a year-long chemotherapy plan.
Despite suffering from a life-threatening medical condition and exhausting treatments, Orlando keeps a positive outlook on life and tries to stay as normal as possible. He graduated from 5th grade in May, and he loves playing soccer with his friends. According to his mom, Lasy, Orlando never complains. “He is truly the most resilient child I know,” she said. His positivity inspires them all.
When given the opportunity to have anything, meet anyone, go anywhere, or be anything in the world, Orlando wished to go to Disney World. He had seen all the colorful rides on TV and wanted to experience them first-hand. He told his volunteer Wish Granters that he would “definitely be screaming on the rollercoasters” and that he couldn’t wait to see all the characters in real-life! When asked what he was most excited about, Orlando said he was looking forward to spending time with his family and all laughing together.
During the first week of June, Orlando and his family enjoyed a week-long stay at Give Kids The World, a resort that provides cost free vacations to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. They filled their days by exploring Disney World, Sea World, and Legoland (Orlando’s favorite). He was thrilled to learn that the rumors about free ice cream at Give Kids The World were true, and he happily ate ice cream for breakfast each morning! “I thank you all so much for letting my family experience the trip of a lifetime,” said Lasy. “Orlando’s diagnosis has been very difficult on all of us. I have had to quit my job, and I don’t think I would have ever been able to take him on this trip. Words could never say just how grateful we are.”