The wishes of a Graniteville boy, Nicky Garris, and an Aiken girl, Julia Grace Lillard, are coming true this year, thanks to the efforts of Applebee's and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Carolina.
Right now, 4-year-old Nicky Garris of Graniteville is in Orlando, Fla., at Disney World visiting every park he can, hanging with his favorite Disney characters and eating all the ice cream he wants.
Nicky, who was born with Short Bowel Syndrome, spent the first 11 months of his life in MCG Health Children's Medical Center before being flown to Miami to receive life-saving transplants of a liver, spleen, half of a stomach, half a bowel and one intestine.
Just when Nicky's grandparents, who have custody of the blonde-haired, gregarious little boy, thought the worst was over and were getting used to the routine medication regimen, his grandmother, Tina Wright, received a call one day after Nicky had gone in for his usual lab tests.
On Jan. 4, 2010, the doctors told Wright that Nicky had developed lymphomaand intestinal cancer as a result of the transplants.