FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – A Davie 6-year-old battling cancer got a sweet surprise on Thursday morning thanks to Make-A-Wish South Florida.
Maverick Bouchard-Meranda has been battling leukemia and his wish to meet actor Chris Pratt on the movie set of “Jurassic World 3” had to be postponed because of the coronavirus. So instead, Make-A-Wish partnered with Ultimate Software and the Florida Panthers to throw Maverick a surprise, dinosaur-themed car parade.READ MORE: South Florida Star MMA Fighter Jorge Masvidal Delivers Father’s Day Gifts To 30 Fans
“We’re hoping that that happens one day but this is kind of a reminder to show him that they’re still thinking about him and that they wish him well and through all of the quarantine they have wanted to do something,” said Maverick’s mom, Stefany Bouchard.READ MORE: Royal Caribbean’s Freedom Of The Seas Leaves PortMiami For First Simulated Sailing
Thursday’s parade included a fire truck and a cheering squad of dozens of cars.
“For wish kids, this could be a bummer,” said Richard Kelly, Chief Operating Officer for Make-A-Wish South Florida. “They’ve wished, they’ve dreamed, and now their wish is on hold. And that can be a bummer.”MORE NEWS: Fort Lauderdale PD Confirms Driver Accidentally Hit Wilton Manors Pride Parade Participants
Kelly called Thursday’s parade an “enhanced” wish and said Maverick’s wish will still happen, it’s just postponed for now.