Make-A-Wish surprises Coast child diagnosed with DIPG last summer

The Make-A-Wish Foundation creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

This evening, they were able to grant the wish of Andre Henry, a 12-year-old boy from Pass Christian, who was diagnosed with DIPG, a rare brain cancer, last summer.

When Andre Henry and his family arrived at Fat Bottom BBQ for the Wish Reveal, the parking lot was packed with cool cars. Crystal Henry, Andre’s mom, said, “He’s always been into cars, anything with wheels really. He’s had a passion for going fast and riding bikes or Hot Wheels, playing with them as a little boy.”

The general manager of Fat Bottoms BBQ overheard that Andre loves cars and made a social media post asking if anyone could help. To Andre’s delight, dozens showed up and showed out. “He loves burnouts. That’s his favorite.”

After the impromptu car show was complete, Andre and his family headed inside for the reveal. Gift after gift, Make-A-Wish crossed everything off Andre’s wish list. “He’s going to instantly want us to hook everything up, he’s not going to want to go to sleep tonight.”

“It’s been hard to get that smile out of him, the joy of a child with everything going on. So, it was good to get that smile out of him and see him laugh.”

Andre was diagnosed with DIPG last summer. “It’s a rare childhood brain cancer. It’s pretty much a tumor on the brain stem. One day he was a regular 11-year-old boy running around riding bikes, playing. The next day he woke up and couldn’t move.”

DIPG is cancer so rare that doctors say it only affects between 300 and 400 children a year. Andre is the 5th child diagnosed with the disease in South Mississippi.

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