Wish granted: ‘Best day of my life’

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The GameStop shop is somewhat of a heaven for gamers to enjoy. But for one New Hanover County teen living with a life-threatening illness, it is much more than just a store.

While playing video games may be a luxury for most kids, Jonathan Smith says it is a way for him to escape reality.

“It helps me live a dream that I’m not able to live in real life,” Jonathan said.

“You know if he’s having a bad day, if he’s not able to get out of the house that day, he can still get online. And he can still play with his friends and still communicate with them,” Gamestop Manager, Eric Blackburn said. “And still play online with his friends and I think that is his outlet.”

Jonathan was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease at 3-years-old. The type he has is incurable.

“I just want him to be happy,” Jonathan’s grandmother, Debra Stokley said. “I wish he could have a normal life. I’d take it for him in a minute.”

While surrounded by friends and family Friday afternoon, Jonathan was granted his wish by Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina.

“The feeling I have right now, I cannot explain it. I mean I’m overwhelmed. I’m excited,” Jonathan said.

Jonathan’s wish was a shopping spree at his favorite store, the GameStop in Monkey Junction. Jonathan’s favorite game is “Call of Duty.”

“The reason why I like war games is because I want to serve in the military when I’m older. So it kind of helps motivate me,” Jonathan said.

With his wish Jonathan was able to get a PlayStation, games, a popcorn machine, toys, a virtual reality set, and many other items. Jonathan shared his wish with his little brother and friend.

If you would like to help teens like Jonathan make their wish come true, any GameStop in New Hanover County will be collecting donations for Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina now until October 31st.

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