• Four boys taken on Concord Mills shopping spree through Make-a-Wish

    By: Blaine Tolison


    CABARRUS COUNTY, N.C. - Four boys, each diagnosed with serious illnesses, got a break from their health battles Tuesday.

    Make-a-Wish took them on a shopping spree at Concord Mills. 

    One of them is 11-year-old Juan Romero. 

    The first thing Romero thought of at Best Buy was what he could get his little sister.

    "She has just been there and she's done so much for me,” Romero said.

    Juan has a brain tumor, but said his family, especially his dad and sister, are getting him through it. 

    "She's always been there whenever I was a little bit scared,” Romero said.

    Romero and the three other children got the royal treatment, a trip to the mall in a limo and a few of their favorite things. 

    (WEB EXTRA: Juan Romero received a shopping spree from Make-a-Wish)

    Afterward, all of them celebrated with a party and dinner at Dave and Busters.

    Kevin, 9, who has a heart condition, thought he was going to another doctor's appointment. But when the limo pulled up, he knew this day was different.

     The children and their parents spend a lot of time in doctors’ appointments or in treatment centers.

    And that made Tuesday a special day, about a whole lot more than just shopping.

    "We lose so much work, so much sleep worrying about it,” said Rey Romero, Juan's dad. “Just keep hanging in there, it'll be alright."

    Rey enjoyed watching his son on a shopping spree.

    Seeing him get to pick stuff out, it's neat you know," he said. "He deserves it. He's been through so much."

    Make-a-Wish in Charlotte hopes to make 340 wishes come true this year. So far, it has granted 300. The wishes are made possible with local donations that go to local children.

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