Make a Wish Foundation Helps Local Boy


Published 07/03 2014 01:52PM

Updated 07/03 2014 02:32PM

The Make a Wish Foundation grants wishes to families of sick or dying children and one Fort Wayne family will be taking a trip to the East Coast to fulfill their 6 year old son Jonathan's wish.

WFFT's Brooke Welch spoke with the family about the upcoming trip and the memories they will cherish for a lifetime.

If you're a regular viewer of our station, you've actually seen Jonathan before.

Back in the summer of 2011, WFFT interviewed the Mortensen's as they were talking about a support group for people that had adopted children from Ethiopia, the same country they had gotten their son Jonathan.

Fast Forward to today, 6 year old Jonathan can no longer walk, talk, or crawl.  At 4 1/2, he stopped walking and has continued to decline.

His dad Michael explains, "If it weren't for our faith, we would just crumble.  Even with our faith, it's extremely difficult, just to see this little one that you love so much, to continue to fade away."

1 year ago, Jonathan was diagnosed with a rare disease, NCL, a neurological degenerative disorder. 

His mom Christine says it's been hard on the whole family, "The hardest part of this whole process is watching the other kids and knowing that they're losing their baby brother.  It's very very hard."

Jonathan's doctor nominated them for Make a Wish.  With Jonathan's love of music, riding in a vehicle, and the water, the family will be headed to the beach.  Make a Wish Volunteer Pam Zollinger enjoys granting wishes to families.

"Knowing I can add some happiness in his life, during his time here, makes it all worthwhile."

Christine is grateful to Make a Wish and says there are not enough words to express their family's thankfulness.

"Build some amazing memories with him that all of us are going to be able to carry the rest of our lives and treasure in our hearts."

If you would like to learn more about Jonathan's story, you can click here.

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