Diagnosed at the age of 2 with a renal condition, Jackson is no stranger to adversity.
Twelve weeks of a small dose of chemotherapy at home allowed his immune system to crash and restart. Following treatment, he is currently in remission.
Jackson watched The Transformers, either the live-action or cartoon version, everyday for during chemotherapy. For his 4th birthday, he was well enough to have a Transformers themed party, but he really wanted to meet the real Optimus Prime.
A year later on his 5th birthday, Jackson received his wish to meet the Transformers, including Optimus Prime at Universal Studios. Part of the experience included photos, a trip to the front of the line, and a stuffed Bumblebee, another of the Transformers. The highlight of his trip was meeting Megatron, Bumblebee, and Optimus Prime.
“The whole trip was amazing from beginning to end! We didn’t want to leave!” exclaimed Jackson’s mom, Stephanie. “His wish made him feel like a superstar rather than feel stigmatized. He doesn’t feel sick. He feels special.”