GazetteXtra Print Article Logo URL: http://www.tampabay.com/news/Hometown-Hernando-for-Dec-29_163143554


Hometown Hernando for Dec. 29

By Jean Hamilton, Times Staff Writer
Critically-ill child gets the shopping spree of his dreams: Thirteen-year-old Savion Elliott, of Spring Hill, who suffers from an autoimmune disease, recently had a dream come true thanks to Make-A-Wish Southern Florida and some community-minded businesses in Hernando and Pasco counties. On Nov. 18, Make-A-Wish teamed up with Best Buy on U.S. 19 in Port Richey and Applebee\u0092s on Commercial Way in Spring Hill to make Elliott\u0092s wish day special, providing him with VIP status as he loaded up on his favorite electronics and then partied with his family and friends at lunch. Elliott, the son of Sylvanious and Mary Elliott, proclaimed it \u0093the best day ever\u0094 and was thrilled to share the experience with his family, including brother, Tyree, who also picked out what he wanted at Best Buy, and wish granter, Kathy Bunch. The brothers got a television set, Xbox, One X, and lots of games. The store even opened early to accommodate the wish family. \u0093The wishes we grant aren\u0092t just nice, they\u0092re necessary,\u0094 said Lisa Andrews, regional director. \u0093The experience enables families to focus on something positive and not just the medical issues that dominate their lives.\u0094 Shown is Elliott testing out headphones.

We want your news!

Hometown Hernando is devoted to everyday life in our county, whether itís snapshots from your family reunion, recreational sporting event, news from your last club meeting or just a few lines thanking someone for a job well done. You can contact Hometown Hernando news coordinator Jean Hamilton at: PHONE (352) 848-1438, FAX (352) 754-6133, EMAIL [email protected]