COLUMBUS, Ohio -- If a 9-year-old child is granted one wish, chances are they will ask for a trip to Walt Disney World or a water park.
But a Central Ohio boy wanted something else from the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He wanted to be able to tell his mother, 'I love you.'
"I want to thank Make-A-Wish for his voice. I mean, they really don't understand how it's going to change our lives, how it has already just in the two weeks that he's had it," said Lucy Sams.
The Sams family said they would have enjoyed some time in the sun this winter, but Dalton Sams has cerebral palsy and a seizure disorder. After years of watching him struggle to use sign language to communicate with strangers, their wish was to give Dalton a voice.
"With this, he could tell them, 'I would like this,' or, 'Hi. How are you?' or 'How are you today?' … He can tell them by the device," Sams said.
Make-A-Wish volunteers help make dreams come true.
"I've had all sorts of wishes. Predominantly, the most common one is Disney World. So to hear something like this was special. I never heard this before," said Lt. Eric Garcia, Make-A-Wish volunteer.
A school therapist will help Dalton learn to use the mechanical voice box that will open him up to the world and to the people he loves.
"As human beings, one thing we take for granted and one thing that makes us so strong is our relationship with one another and we take that for granted -- that ability to communicate," Garcia said.
"There is just no words to explain what it means: overjoyed and overwhelmed and excitement. Happy," Sams said.
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