CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - I just heard of a new dream being gr anted and wanted to help Dream On 3 shout it out and make this 10-year-old boy, Joseph Sanford, feel mighty special.
He's battling sickle cell anemia. I talked with his mom this morning.
"It's an illness most people don't know about," said Clarissa Sanford. "It can be devastating. He has been living with it since birth. To know that my son is about to have the weekend of his life really is a dream come true for all of us."
I can't say much else about EXACTLY what's going to happen for Joseph because it's a surprise. Let's just say I haven't heard of someone making this happen for a deserving child before and Joseph is about to have a heck-of-a-weekend.
I'll be sure to update you here.
As Clarissa said, Joseph has battled this disease his entire life. Multiple surgeries. Over 30 blood infusions. His family lived in Baton Rouge and when they heard of a unique treatment opportunity available at Levine Children's Hospital – a stem cell transplant – Clarissa and Joseph relocated.
Louisiana had denied that transplant three times.
His dad remains in Louisiana for his job and to make a family income. It's a major stress on the family, but they're doing it. Dad heads to Charlotte whenever possible.
"I have done everything I could do to help my son have a normal childhood life," Clarissa said.
And please note this picture. Note whole get-up. Obviously Joseph loves being a cowboy... Hint-hint….
More to come. I love how DO3 loves our #MollysKids.
P.s. – (Joseph is not one our "30 Kids" in September. He's just an extra happy child about to have a dream come true.)
**Editor's note: This is a about a member of #MollysKids, one of the kids WBTV Anchor Molly Grantham follows closely on her Facebook page. This article was first published there – maybe you'll be able to tell that in the personal way it's written. For years Molly has followed the stories of dozens of kids with uphill medical battles. Find this story and updates on all of #MollysKids here.**