By: Jen Russon
After joyriding around in a golf cart on a camping trip, the Wroblewski’s of Coral Springs said they’d often think back on the experience.
Now, 12-year-old Kendra and her family don’t have to daydream anymore.
The real thing is now parked in their driveway, compliments of Make-a-Wish Southern Florida.
Kendra is a survivor of Crohn’s Disease, a condition she’s battled most of her life, enduring hospitalizations, feeding tubes, and, most recently, arthritis. Her friends and family think having a wish like a personal Club Car to enjoy will help put her worst days in the rearview.
“I can’t wait to have my friends ride around my neighborhood with me,” she said.
Because Kendra is not yet 14, the minimum age to operate one, her mother got everyone strapped in and revved the engine — or battery — for the family’s first joyride.
“I love this car! Thank you,” said Kendra, who rode shotgun with her mother, Carly at the wheel, and her two younger sisters, Ashley and Jessa, in the back.
Their father, Tim Wroblewski, thanked donors, Gary and Paula Mann of Palm Beach, for their generosity.
The couple donated funds to grant Kendra’s wish because they believe in how beneficial the nonprofit is for kids suffering from critical illnesses or life-threatening medical conditions.
Speaking from personal experience, Gary and Paula said their son, Garrett, made a wish before passing away in 2011.
“Having his wish of going to Disney World had what I believe to be a medical impact on Garrett,” said Paula. “Following his wish, he had perfect attendance in school for four straight months.”
A gift bag for Kendra in hand, the Mann’s said although Kendra initially wished for a trip to Disney, they know the golf cart doesn’t rank too far behind.
The tricked out, 4-seater Club Car with a custom plate bearing its owner’s new name and Kendra’s favorite flowers, sunflowers, painted on its side, took a victory lap around the Maplewood neighborhood Wednesday.
Make-a-Wish arranged to have Kendra’s customized Club Car, replete with a vanity plate, delivered from the Southern Golf Cars company in Delray Beach.
“This is a dream come true for our family,” Kendra’s mother Carly told Coral Springs Talk. “Because she’s hurting, we’re hurting, but something fun like this, to enjoy with our family and friends, makes us all feel good.”
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- Jen Russon has been a staff writer for Talk Media since 2018. She is also a novelist, copywriter and editor at the imprint www.swallowpublishing.com. She lives in Coral Springs with her family.
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