Five-year-old Ashon knows more than a boy his age should about medications, hospitals, and discomfort. He has a life-threatening digestive disorder and frequently has to rest quietly to keep himself strong.
Now, thanks to his bedroom makeover wish, Ashon finally has a place to be a kid, not with an illness, but with an imagination!
Inspired by his love for a timeless video game, Ashon wished for a Super Mario Brothers-themed bedroom makoever. His fascination with the virtual land of the Mario Brothers’ Mushroom Kingdom was clear to his Make-A-Wish volunteer team, who worked with Ashon and his family to determine his wish. When they presented Ashon with a collection of Mario Brothers images, he created his own blissfully-drawn replicas. This was the first glimmer of joy from Ashon’s heartfelt wish.
After Ashon expressed his desire to sleep and play amidst his favorite virtual world, his bedroom transformation began. Life-sized versions of Mario characters took up residence on his walls, a new “big boy” trundle bed arrived and was covered in cozy Mario linens, and mushroom lights on his new nightstand illuminated his fantastical retreat.
When his new bedroom was revealed, Ashon could not stop humming the Mario theme music and dancing his interpretation of the “Mario Dance” in his very own Mario costume. Now, not only can he sing and dance in the Mushroom Kingdom, he is part of the Mushroom Kingdom – and his wish provides him with his own joyful world to journey to every day!