New York, New York

Joel's New York holiday9

Fourteen year old Joel, from Norwich, had such an amazing time on his Starlight Wish, he donated some of his birthday money back to Starlight to help another child experience what a wish means to a family!

Joel, who is confined to a wheelchair by spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, wished to go on a sightseeing holiday with his family in New York. Starlight arranged for them to stay in a lovely hotel right on Grand Central Station, so Joel and his family were perfectly placed to take in all the famous sights the city has to offer. 

They even bumped into tennis superstar Rafael Nadal strolling down Fifth Avenue, who was more than happy to stop for a quick photo opportunity with Joel and his sister Bailey!

Joel sent Starlight the biggest thank you card we’ve ever seen, in which he’d written: “It was so great, I did not want to come home and will remember New York for the rest of my life. Again, thank you so much for all that you have done for me.”