For four-year-old Joziya, his hero is not found on a field scoring the winning goal or in a secret hideaway adorn with a cape. Rather Joziya’s hero can be found residing in a pineapple under the sea. Because SpongeBob and his friends have been among Joziya’s closest confidants since his diagnosis, it is clear his one true wish would be to meet the characters he has come to know so well.
Following a sendoff complete with an elaborate cake and life-sized balloons depicting his favorite characters, Joziya and his family were ready to embark on their Orlando adventure. Staying at the Nickelodeon Suites Resort, Joziya was immersed in all things SpongeBob, including a Bikini Bottom Breakfast where he was able to share a meal with the characters he had only previous seen on screen. While in Orlando, Joziya and his family enjoyed Disney, Universal Studios and even Sea World, ensuring Joziya received the wish in which he had dreamed.
As the adventure came to an end and the family prepared to travel home, one thing was certain; from this point forward Joziya will always remember the time he met his good friend Sponge Bob.
A special thank you to Jewelers for Children helping grant wishes like Joziya’s. It is because of their continued support of Make-A-Wish chapters nationally and throughout the world, wish kids like Joziya are given hope, strength and joy.