7-year-old Brockville, Ont. boy’s dream to see Raptors game granted by Make-A-Wish

The Make-A-Wish Foundation is making a young Brockville, Ont., boy’s dream come true.

Seven-year-old Gary Church showed up at S.M.A. Karate Canada in Brockville on Tuesday evening all decked out in Raptors gear. Gary, a huge fan of the Toronto team, was surprised by family and friends at the Make-A-Wish reveal party when he was told he would be going to see his team play next week.

“He’s had a rough go,” Gary’s mom Marcia said, “but we’ve made it. You wouldn’t know he’s sick looking at him today.”

Gary survived a hole in his heart and daily seizures at just two weeks old, spending 16 days in hospital on life-support.

At three years old, Gary was diagnosed with developmental delays, and at four, he was diagnosed with kidney disease and epilepsy.

“We have just got his seizures under control after six years. They’ve been under control for just over a year now,” Marcia said.

Gary also lives with a mild form of autism.

Just over a year ago, he could not walk. He also disliked being touched and was unable to speak. But his involvement in karate over the last year has been a game-changer.

“One of the reasons he came to us, his mother was having a problem finding a program that fit somebody of his nature,” said Michael Hunt, chief instructor at the dojo where the reveal party was held.

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