April 29 is when Wishes Take Flight, a day of giving for Make-a-Wish of Central Texas.
The organization grants wishes to children between 2-and-a-half and 18-years old who are suffering a life-threatening medical condition, and it needs your help to continue that mission.
Inside 7-year-old Owen's room, this sweet little boy is surrounded by toys and love, and he's happy to share it all.
His excitement showing off his favorite things is contagious.
"My toys are like everywhere," he said.
Owen was born with a rare genetic disorder called Escobar Syndrome.
"He has a curved and bent spine, and he has multiple turigium, which is excess skin webbing," said his mother Erica.
"Because of the Escobar Syndrome, I need to have a lot of surgeries on my back," Owen said.
In his short life, Owen has undergone 25 corrective surgeries, with many more to come.
In March, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and South Texas sent Owen and his family on a week-long vacation.
"I went to Disneyworld, Universal Studios and Legoland," he said.
It was a gift that Owen's mother Erica still can barely believe was freely given to her son.
"To be able to give that to my child, I couldn't have done that," she said. "Every person made him feel like they were celebrating his Escobars, celebrating his differences. They were celebrating everything and he felt special."
For Owen and his family, it was a chance to reconnect, laugh, and enjoy their time together.
Erica said she can't thank Make A Wish enough for giving her little boy such an amazing offering from the heart along with memories that will last a lifetime.
"Everyone has treated Owen like he is so special and it has been a really really wonderful process from beginning to end," Erica said. "He is Super Owen, he really is."
The average cost to grant a wish is $7,500.
Money raised locally stays local to help the children in our own community.
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