As his white stretch limousine rolls to a stop in front of T’Andre’s favorite store, Target in Braintree, MA, the four-year-old’s eyes widen. Greeted by a team of personal shoppers, T’Andre climbs into a balloon-adorned shopping cart and is whisked off to the toy section. There, his favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, Raphael, is waiting for him. T’Andre shrieks with surprise and darts forward to give him a big hug.
Although T’Andre lives with the daily challenges of his life-threatening respiratory disease, this day feels full of possibilities - his wish for a shopping spree with a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle is coming true!
With his family following eagerly behind, T’Andre commands the aisles, selecting his long-desired favorites from the endless walls of toys. T’Andre feels like a superhero himself thanks to the special attention that Raphael as well as store employees, and even fellow shoppers, provide him at every turn. His cart overflows as he proudly heads to the register with Raphael, who takes a spin on T’Andre’s new Ninja Turtle bike, complete with training wheels! After a celebratory lunch and games at Dave & Buster’s next door, T’Andre arrives home with bags full of new prized possessions.
On this day designed just for him, T’Andre makes all of his own choices and basks in the new strength and independence he feels – just like his favorite superhero, Raphael!