Aran's dream

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Name: Aran

Age: 9

Date dream fulfilled: 04/07/2015

Summary: Aran’s dream application made us smile– he drew a picture of his family on the beach with a letter simply asking for: “Camels, kebabs and waterslides.” Aran is 9 and has cerebral palsy and his dream was to have a family holiday in Egypt with his three siblings.

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Aran’s dream application made us smile– he drew a picture of his family on the beach with a letter simply asking for: “Camels, kebabs and waterslides.” Aran is 9 and has cerebral palsy and his dream was to have a family holiday in Egypt with his three siblings.  His mum jokes that her son is a bit of an “adrenaline junkie” and loves waterslides. She wanted him to experience the thrills and spills of being on holiday without the disruption of endless hospital appointments and to be a little boy again. Aran loved the holiday so much he has asked his mum for a pet camel!

Aran’s mum is in awe of the way Aran puts on a brave face despite having multiple operation and intensive therapy sessions. As a family they have made many sacrifices including re-mortgaging their house to pay for a pioneering treatment, in the US, which has helped Aran’s mobility. Aran’s mum, Kurda also gave up the job she loves to take Aran to physiotherapy appointments.

One day when they were watching TV, an advert came on for a holiday and Aran turned to his mum and asked; “When can we have a proper holiday, like my friends – not a holiday where I have to do exercise?” His sister suggested a money jar to save money, but it was at that moment, Kurda realised what they all needed was a family holiday, “Aran needs a holiday where he can be a child, he is yearning for a week or two in his life where he can just be a child and a big brother living a dream that isn’t dictated by his disability.”

When they returned to the UK, Kurda wrote us a lovely e-mail saying:  “We had the time of our lives and wanted to thank you so much. It has been a wonderful break away from appointments, physio and rehab. Aran has been able to spend 10 days experiencing life as a normal child (we even made a vow not to nag him about correct posture and wearing his orthotics the whole trip!) It's been so lovely to see him sooo happy and bonding with his siblings on an equal footing playing in the pool all day every day without any restrictions due to his mobility. There were 18 pools and 35 waterslides in the complex so by the end of the day we all looked like shrivelled prunes. Aran was so brave he went on all the scary high adrenaline slides, they were really good to us at the park and gave us access to a secret lift to get us to the top of the slides which meant that we were able to queue jump and have loads of goes every day without fighting the crowds!

We spent half a day in the dessert with some locals and of course had a ride on the camel - predictably Aran was terrified when it first dawned on him how big they actually are, but after a ride on one we had trouble getting him off. He's now asking for a pet camel for his birthday - I'm sure the neighbours would love that little addition to the street!! We even managed to go on a boat trip for half a day to go dolphin spotting and were lucky enough to see 4 dolphins!

As for the kebabs, let’s just say I think between Aran and his dad they probably ate quite a few lambs between them during the trip!! It's been fantastic and we will have many good memories to treasure. Aran cried so much on our last day because he didn't want to come home.”

Kurda, Aran’s mum

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