When Myres was born, his family sensed something was wrong. After four months, their intuition was confirmed; their son had Cystic Fibrosis (CF), but It didn’t stop there.
When Myres was 16 months old, he became very ill. For the next year, Myres and his parents, Gelaina and Robert, were in and out of the hospital. They finally figured out what was causing him to be so ill and diagnosed Myres with Colon Fibrosis. For the next year, he was fed by Total Parenteral Nutrition.
During the hospital stays, Myres and his parents would spend hours looking out the window at different types of cars. Myres was especially drawn to vehicles with a “hook” (trailer hitch). At the end of each round of difficult treatment, Gelaina and Robert would soothe Myres with a Matchbox car. Gelaina recalled, “Myres’ speech was delayed because of his illness, but one of his first words was hook.”
As the years progressed, so did Myres’ love of exotic cars. He would occupy his time, while undergoing breathing treatments, by watching YouTube videos of exotic cars, researching these cars and the dealerships that stocked them. “It was nothing for us to get a phone call from a dealership wondering if Myres was still interested in a car,” said Robert.
As a teen, Myres was again admitted into the hospital because his lung function had declined drastically. “I noticed he was getting really depressed, and I remembered his pediatrician recommending Make-A-Wish Mississippi. This time I decided to pursue the wish to lift his spirits.” Years before, while battling Colon Fibrosis, Myres’ pediatrician recommended they sign up for a wish with Make-A-Wish Mississippi. Gelaina and Robert declined, thinking a wish meant Myres was terminal. It wasn’t until much later they understood that to
qualify for a wish, you did not have to be terminal, but diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.
When Myres was approached by Make-A-Wish, the decision for his wish was not hard. He knew he wanted his wish to have something to do with exotic cars. He wanted to see, touch and hear the cars he always dreamed about.
In March 2017, Myres’ wish became a reality! Myres and his family went to The International Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland. In addition to seeing his dream cars, he was able to meet and talk to his hero, YouTube Supercar Connoisseur, Tim Burton. Myres described his wish as “...the best...trip ever! I was able to see all of my dream cars in one place!” Myres also met Alex Long, Head of Product Management for McLaren Automotive. Out of curiosity Myres asked Alex how he came to work in the field of exotic cars and realized quickly they had something in common–their parents fueled their love of cars by rewarding them with Matchbox cars at a young age.
Myres’ adventure did not stop there at the car show. Geneva was crawling with some of the most exotic cars in the world. This urged Myres to take on spotting cars personally. He spent countless hours chasing exotic cars through social media snaps taken locally. “I noticed on Instagram that one of the guys I follow posted a picture in Geneva where there were multiple Koenigseggs. I knew I had to find that park, and I did!” said Myres. “At one point, we were sitting in the park eating ice cream, and we heard a loud car drive by. Myres jumped up stating that was another Koenigsegg–I have to take a picture,” said Gelaina. “It was so much fun for Myres to actually be able to spot cars in the wild.”
This is a trip that Myres and his family will never forget—to experience pure adrenaline as he heard the deep rumble of the engines when they cruised the roads, to feel the powerful vibrations as they passed by just a few feet away and the excitement knowing just around the corner he could spot one of the rarest cars in the world.
“Raising a child with special needs, you try to remember the good days and good experiences, because there are plenty of bad ones you want to forget. Make-A-Wish granted us an experience that allowed our family to replace some of those bad memories with lifelong, joyous memories of an unforgettable trip. Watching our son experience a lifelong dream will forever be cemented in our minds. For that, we are eternally grateful,” said Robert.