WASHINGTON: Did you miss this story? Probably as the national media did. Ashton Zari is an 8-year-old West Virginia boy who has been sick most of his life. Zari has chronic kidney disease that has required numerous painful surgeries. Instead of turning inward with his pain and health challenges, he has reached out to help other medically fragile kids with his first book, “How I Became A Super Hero.” Now Ashton can claim the President and First Lady among his fans.
POTUS and FLOTUS stopped by Ashton’s room at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
Mom, I want to meet the President
When young Zari learned the President and first lady would be visiting the hospital, the boy told his mom how much he would like to meet the president. There should be some bonus when you are a young boy that should be running around, but instead is recovering from yet another surgery.
Zari’s nurse helped turn a wish into a reality. Working with the nursing staff who were able to liaise with the presidential staff, the meeting between Ashton, Trump, and First Lady Melania Trump happened.
The authenticity of the President and First Lady
Ms. Zari, Ashton’s mom, speaks of the compassion, kindness, and authenticity the Trumps showed to her son.
“This was an experience I am struggling with finding adequate words to sum up,” Zari said. “President Trump was kind and empathetic.”
“He spent time engaging with Ashton, asking him about his book, and even calling him a young entrepreneur,” she said. “He was genuinely interested in Ashton’s health and asked many questions about Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio.”
Zari says meeting the President and First Lady was amazing.
Following the President and First Lady’s visit, Ms. Zari was left feeling humble and grateful for their kindness.
“The First Lady has the kindest voice and smile possibly of anyone I ever met,” Zari continued. “She spent time looking through Ashton’s book and commenting on the various illustrations, the workmanship, and she told him what a great job he did.”
The First Lady helped Ashton see a future, despite his illness. Mrs. Trump asked when he planned on writing his next book. The President told the young man that he is an “entrepreneur.” Which will all know is one of the President’s favorite kind of people
Following the visit by the President and First Lady, Ashton has been recovering from reconstructive surgery. His dream to meet the President came true. And according to Mom’s Facebook, Ashton is now out of the hospital. Prayers for the young man, his family and the President and First Lady.
Ashton’s mother has created a Go Fund Me to help support the Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio. Proceeds from Ashton’s book have raised over $4,000 for the hospital. Her son who suffers from Chronic Kidney Disease and Bilateral Urinary Reflux receives treatment at the charitable organization.