In 2011, Aaron asked Kids Wish Network if he could meet the cast of iCarly for his wish; they said yes.
Aaron suffers from a rare genetic disease called ataxia telangiectasia (A-T) that affects the cerebellum in the brain, which controls the body’s coordination, causing balance problems and difficulties with speech and vision. A-T also compromises the immune system, leaving it open to many infections, diseases and even causes a predisposition for developing cancer.
Aaron was able to walk up until a few years ago and he is now confined to a wheelchair for mobility. His speech, hand and head movements have all been affected by A-T and he suffers from tremors. There are no treatments for this disease yet, although Aaron is monitored and tested by many doctors.
Aaron’s parents belong to a support group of other families whose children suffer from A-T. One of these parents mentioned that her daughter had her wish granted through national charity Kids Wish Network and suggested that Aaron’s parents do the same; after reaching out to the charity and exchanging paperwork, Aaron entrusted his wish to meet the cast of his favorite TV show, iCarly, to a Kids Wish Network wish coordinator.
Through the generosity of several local sponsors in Michigan and California, Aaron’s wish was granted. In addition to the meeting with the cast of iCarly on the TV set, Aaron and his family were also provided with accommodations, dinners in the evenings and other activities to enjoy in Hollywood.
While at the iCarly set, Aaron and his family got to watch the filming of an episode and, between takes, Miranda Cosgrove, Nathan Kress, Jennette McCurdy and Noah Munck all came over to hang out with Aaron.
Although Aaron tried to act cool, you can see the excitement in his eyes in each and every picture taken during his wish.
“He lives for the moment,” said Chris of his son, Aaron. “He enjoyed it.”