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Antonio Laguna Gets His Wish

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(KCEN) – Antonio Laguna is only seven-years-old, but he’s a fighter with a soft spot in his heart for helping others.

He wakes up, goes to school, and does his chores… which take twice as long as he goofs around. He is seven, after all. But as you continuing reading, his age will become even more impressive for what this child is capable of.

“If you have ROHHAD don’t ever, ever wait. Tell your mom quickly and let them know so you won’t die,” Antonio said straight forward.

ROHHAD is what he deals with on a daily basis – a deadly and very rare disease. “Antonio is off the chart rare,” his mom Candace said. “He is one of about 75 worldwide diagnosed with this since the 1960s.”

He feels like any normal little boy, but inside his body is struggling to survive. There is no known cause or cure for ROHHAD; you can only try to manage the symptoms. Basically his brain doesn’t always tell the body to do normal functions, like breathing or to stop eating.

“It’s not so fun,” Antonio said. “I have to wear a mask to help me breathe sometimes.”

Part of ROHHAD is rapid-onset obesity. “It makes your stomach not hurt, and then you eat too much,” he said.

So in addition to his normal seven-year-old hobbies – like super hero comics – Antonio has picked up another pastime. He likes to grow his own food.

“He is obsessed with food, healthy food because he knows it’s crucial to his own life,” Candace said.

Outside their home, he’s already started planting fruits, vegetables, herbs and everything else you could think of … and some you may have never even heard. This farming hobby, has now lead to a very unique wish that Make a Wish Foundation will grant in about three weeks.

No, he didn’t want to be a super hero (if you ask his mom, he already is one), or go on a vacation, or have a shopping spree… this little boy wants a picking farm.

“I’m really excited about my wish,” Antonio said smiling from ear to ear. “It’s going to have an orchard, a greenhouse, a fruit stand, and lots and lots of food.”

But that’s not even the exciting part. When asked what his favorite part of the wish was, there was no pause, or second thought. His answer was simple, and well beyond his years. “Helping people,” he said.

Antonio not only wants to grow healthy food to help cope with his constant hunger, but he wants to help feed others so that they can live long healthy lives.

“It’s very great to share things with people that want food. It’s a blessing actually,” he said.

Antonio will get that wish soon. Make a Wish with the help of businesses like Backbone Valley Nursery, Ben Atkinson Construction, Central Texas Community College, Killeen’s Home Improvement, and many others are pitching in to build Antonio his dream picking farm.

If you would like to purchase a plant or tree for Antonio’s orchard or garden, you can contact Backbone Valley Nursery by (clicking here).
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