Dwayne's our 13th man on the moon!
Dwayne is 4 and wished to fly far, far away from hospital… to the moon!
Remember staring at the moon as a little kid and imagining what’s up there? After getting a telescope for his birthday, Dwayne knows the moon is full of aliens, and that Batman and Spiderman live there too!
To make Dwayne’s wish happen, we needed to bring in the experts of the skies. Enter Qantas, who brought their whole team on board – from check-in and cabin crew, to pilots and engineers – it’s been all hands on deck to make the impossible possible.
It took a year to plan
Dwayne has daily seizures and takes 16 pills a day which reduce, but cannot control, his epilepsy.
Together, our #WishForce spent a year building up Dwayne for his wish, with a special moon lamp he keeps bedside, letters from ‘Andy the astronaut’, and his very own spacesuit from NASA.
The countdown began, and even Dwayne's neurologist was helping to mark off the days on his moon calendar!
The impact of having a wish was immediate
“When Dwayne was last in hospital having seizures, my little man was so very cute – they were trying to put in a drip and between the seizures and through all the hurt, he was telling the nurses about going to the moon,” mum shared.
“Dwayne’s wish really distracts him from what he’s going through. He can’t stop telling people about it.” - Dwayne's mum
We sent Dwayne to the moon!
For his mission to the moon, Dwayne was greeted at Adelaide airport by cheering fans, giant billboards from oOh! media, and a Stormtrooper escort to his specially chartered Qantas ‘rocket’ flight.
"We're blown away by how incredible this whole journey has been for Dwayne. Watching him be so confident and in his element - this wish won't stop having a positive impact.
A nearby hangar provided the perfect lunarscape, where Dwayne planted his hand-drawn flag on the moon and hunted for moonrocks with aliens and his favourite superheroes.
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