Backyard Wishes Come True for Critically Ill Child Thanks to Make-A-Wish

By: Jaime Vining

Make-A-Wish Southern Florida made a “splashy” wish come true for one deserving Coral Springs child.

Seven-year-old Blake Esposito suffers from tuberous sclerosis, a rare neurological disease that causes non-cancerous brain tumors. The tumors have resulted in seizures and complications in most of the boy’s major organs.

Autistic, non-verbal, and developmentally much younger than his actual age, Blake found refuge in his family’s backyard pool, especially during the quarantine and health crisis.

Make-A-Wish Backyard wishes

Blake Esposito and family after his pool makeover.

“Even before COVID-19, Blake was not able to get out much, so the family’s backyard pool was where he sought solace,” said Stu Opperman on behalf of Make-A-Wish Southern Florida. “It’s somewhere Blake, and his family can listen to music, play basketball, and enjoy time not focused on the youngster’s many medical issues.”

The Esposito family wished for a pool makeover to improve the safety and comfort for Blake in the water at home.

On May 30, Make-A-Wish unveiled the upgraded pool for Blake and the Esposito family. Now featuring upgrades that include a heater for year-round use and safety ledges that provide additional access, the modified pool “is everything to Blake,” said his mom, Jody.

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Jaime Vining

Jaime Vining
Jaime Vining is a Florida native, but recent Parkland transplant. By day, she is a Florida Bar-certified Intellectual Property attorney, adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law, and an avid blogger.
Prior to earning her law degree, Jaime was a featured journalist for publications like the Orlando Sentinel and aXis Magazine.
Jaime is also a mom to two little boys and you will regularly find her running early mornings at Pine Trails Park trying to keep up with them.

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