A Day to Remember
Alabama MENTOR client Jaimie is no ordinary young man and August 27 was no ordinary day. Jaimie is a brave and delightful young man who has not let his hardships affect his contagious personality and radiant smile. Jaimie had been in the hospital over 350 days waiting for an appropriate home and a family to love and care for him before he moved in with foster parents, brother and sister team Peter Kimbrough and Barbara Williams. While living in his new home and awaiting a kidney transplant, Jesse’s quality of life improved so much that Peter and Barbara were asked to care for another child on dialysis, and the child has shown remarkable improvement in all aspects of life. The staff at Children’s Hospital raves about “Peter & Barbara” and agrees with Alabama MENTOR staff that they should be “cloned”.
Jaimie received a kidney transplant exactly one day after his 17th birthday on May 12, 2011. Children’s Wish Foundations International presented Jaimie with “his wish” on August the 27.
“It was one of the most exciting days of my life,” says Jaimie. “ At 9:40 am it started with a long black limo pulling up to MY house.”
Along with his foster parents and sister, they headed to the shopping mall where Jaimie was presented with a gift card and a day of shopping, which included games, shoes, hats, and even a TV and laptop, followed by a picture with the UAB Blazer football team cheerleaders and lunch at a restaurant.
“It was like being in a toy store and someone saying “pick what you want,” says Jaimie. “Thank you Make a Wish for making this a day I’ll never forget.”