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Local Business Owners Pool Together to Grant Brody's Wish

Brody's pool wish

“ Swimming is something that he CAN do. ”

- Brody's mom, Ariel

At five years old, Brody Locklear doesn’t understand why he can’t play dodge ball or t-ball like his friends. He knows that he has to take medicine; he just doesn’t know why.

The reason is that Brody has hypoplastic left heart syndrome.  He was diagnosed with the rare defect that leaves the left side of the heart underdeveloped, when his mom, Ariel, was 18 weeks pregnant.

Immediately after he was born at Ohio State University, Brody was transported to the nearby Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where he received his first heart surgery when he was 16 hours old.  He has had two more surgeries at Nationwide since then which has caused his mom to be away from the rest of their family in Lumberton, sometimes a month at a time.

Working with volunteer wish granters Gail Boggs and Sherry Lamberth, Brody decided to have a pool for his wish.  His inspiration came during swimming lessons that he took at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, when he saw that the pool had a basketball in it.

His wish was made possible by local business owners coming together with generous discounts allowing Make-A-Wish to grant Brody's wish.  The pool was delivered by Fayetteville-based Hallmark Spa & Pools, a long-time supporter of Make-A-Wish® Eastern North Carolina. Dennis Smith of The Pool Master in Wilson installed Brody's pool.  The wish also included an attached deck built and installed by Eddie Guyton, owner of All Build Home Improvements and Repairs of Hope Mills.

Several family members, friends and supporters were present at his wish party that featured a barbeque cookout, desserts, a special cake and of course swimming in the pool.  Throughout the party, everyone kept encouraging Brody to get something to eat and spend time with his guests.  He politely asked if he could just keep swimming instead.

 “We feel blessed as a family,” said Brody’s mom.  “Swimming is something that Brody can do.  He has his own sport in the backyard.  With this pool, he feels part of a group.”
  • Brody smiles in front of his new pool

  • Wish Coordinator Julie smiles beside The Pool Master, Dennis Smith

  • Brody enjoys his pool toys

  • Thanks to The Pool Master and All Build Home Improvements and Repairs for the pool and attached deck!

  • Brody's mother and father with Julie

  • Brody splashes around with his aunt

  • Brody with his volunteer wish granters, Gail and Sherry

  • Brody's dad enjoys grilling hotdogs for everyone at the wish party

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