MINOT, N.D. – A brave young man in Minot with a passion for gaming got a big surprise Saturday thanks to Make-a-Wish North Dakota.
Nine-year-old Connor Blair was presented with his own adaptive gaming system.
Connor suffers from a neuromuscular disorder known as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, which confines him to a wheel chair and makes it difficult for him to control gaming devices the usual way.
The system will allow him to play games without having to use his hands, that is, he’ll be able to use his eyes and his mouth to control the game.
Connor and his family were treated to a day out on the town, and while they were gone, Make-a-Wish organizers set up the gaming system at their apartment.
“It means the world to see a smile on my son’s face, especially when is going through the times of watching other people go out and play. This puts something back in his life where he wakes up, and he’s happy, and he looks forward to it. And having your son find joy and happiness in life, it’s priceless,” said Kira Blair, Connor’s mom.
“Their day-to-day isn’t just like every other normal kid, and to see him be able to get something that he’ll be able to do and utilize, it… right here,” said Make-a-Wish granter Dawn Roness, gesturing to her heart.
Connor’s family wanted to thank AbleGamers for helping with the adaptive gaming system, Make-a-Wish granters Dawn and Brittany, and Badlands for treating the family to lunch.
Make-a-Wish North Dakota grants roughly 50 wishes to children a year across the state.