Nicolas, also known as Nickle Pickle to those who know and love him, is a four-year-old boy who is ready for a new adventure. He has a vibrant personality that comes to life any time there’s music, dancing or light up toys. Despite his hardships, Nicolas is a happy boy who loves to laugh. He has the special gift of becoming your best friend as soon as you meet him.
Feeling the wind in his hair and sunshine on his face is difficult for Nicolas. Respiratory failure has forced him to spend most of his life in the hospital, dependent on breathing equipment, and undergoing numerous surgeries. Nicolas’ mom has always wanted to take him to a playground to play with other kids, but the risk of infection is too high due to his medical condition. When thinking about his wish, it was clear that the most meaningful wish would be one that allowed Nicolas to enjoy being outside and playing freely but protected from elements that can cause harm. So, Nicolas’ wish was to have an outdoor play space of his very own!
Thanks to Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada, Martin-Harris Construction and a host of partners, including GTI Nevada, which provided the play surface, and GSL Electric, Nicolas’ wish is coming true. Nicolas’ new outdoor play area was recently revealed to him and his mother.
While necessary social distancing has limited the choice of locations and the number of people who attend wish reveals, Make-A-Wish continues to grant the life-changing wishes of children with critical illnesses throughout Southern Nevada. Due to COVID-19, more wishes are waiting to be granted than ever before.