”Magic Lamp children” have to overcome many obstacles on their way to the complete recovery… Viktoria's life also had been changed by an „out of the blue” cardiac surgery from one day to the other...
She is keen on reading, her favourite book is Vampire Diaries, but she also likes drawing and painting. When Viki got her new heart, she decided to learn playing guitar if she is fully recovered. Her friends and classmates helped her even when she couldn't go to school, and they were looking forward to meeting her again. Since Viki is not allowed to go to school for a while, she asked for a laptop from the Magic Lamp Foundation that can help her to keep on learning, and certainly she can also chat with her friends as well as watch her favourite movies.
We invited Viki and her family to an extraordinary literary evening at British Ambassador’s Residence in Budapest, where she could meet His Excellency Iain Lindsay Ambassador, literateur Anna Juhász, foreign policy correspondent Al Ghaoui Hesna, actress Gabriella Hámori, flutist Dávid Kanyó, and quite a few Magic Lamp supporters, companies and privates as well. Viki was a little bit surprised when the Ambassador greeted her very friendly and in Hungarian.
However, Viki had the real surprise when she received the awaited laptop from Ms. Teodora Bodó, communications director of Provident Finance Inc. together with her favourite book's film version, the first 2 seasons of Vampire Diaries. Everybody was silent and moved for a few minutes…
Viki could have gone home to watch the movie, but since she loves literature, she enjoyed the musical conversation about the British and Hungarian cultures, mutual understanding, journeys, and the role literary works play in all of the above.
At the end of the program, joint photos were taken with the contributors, the Ambassador, and everybody wished Viki a quick and full recovery.
We hope that the moments of this extraordinary wish-fulfillment will be a lifelong experience for her and will help Viki to return quickly to her usual weekdays. We all wish her good health and lots of strength!
Budapest, May 14, 2019
Albert is keen on cars, so when he got to know that he may wish something from the Magic Lamp Foundation, he wasn't thinking too much.
As he formulated: "It is OK, that I can repair our family car, but I'd like to drive it too at last."
He is interested in technical skills, that's why he is studying at a mechanical engineering secondary school. His family has a car and fullfilment of Albert's wish - to get a driver's license - has become within reach.
He easily passed the exam of the theoretical course about traffic rules at a driving school in Szeged.
Practical training is about to start and we wish him the same success.
May 14, 2019
Ádám arrived to our office not knowing anything. He was told this visit was only about some negotiation about his wish.
He was really surprised, whe wouldn’t think he would get his new laptop he wished for that day by Málnási Kinga. He was really excited.
During the setup of the laptop, he even cried a little from joy.
We couldn’t decide who was more touched by the moment, him or us, grown ups. We could witness some beautiful, valuable moments there, it was wonderful seeing that pure joy on the little boy’s face.
Budapest, April 15, 2019
As Lajos has to spend quite a lot of time in the hospital, he asked the Csodalámpa Foundation for a mobile phone which he could use to play games, listen to music, and stay in touch with his family.
When I arrived to the hospital on a Tuesday, Lajos instantly cheered up. Somehow he could tell I had come bearing his gift...
The very moment he unboxed his new phone, he was already beginning to use it with excitement. He was overjoyed that he finally had his own phone.
Enjoy your gift Lali!
Debrecen, March 19, 2019
Alexandra has watched the Italian championship on TV together with his father since she was a little child. She is an enthusiastic Juventus fan, she has got a collection of jerseys, hats, flags, mugs… but her real desire was more than that.
Alexandra’s dream was to cheer for her favourite team in the stadium of Juventus...
So, we began to organize it, but we wouldn’t have thought what a hard work it would be. It is very complicated to get a ticket for the Italian championship and it is almost impossible if it is a Juventus-Milan match.
We almost gave it up, when one of our Italian supporters could help us to buy 3 tickets. We got the good news shortly after Alexandra's 13th birthday, and certainly she was very happy.
We started to organize the trip, and finally our small team boarded a plane to Milan on 5th April.
After a short sightseeing tour in Milan on Friday, we left for Torino on Saturday. There we occupied our accommodation, then we went to the evening match. The whole city was raving about the football match.
Alexandra remembers the great experience of her life as follows:
“My great dream came true. My wish was to watch live a Juventus match, and it was fulfilled by the Magic Lamp Foundation.
On April 6, 2019, I had an opportunity to see a JUVENTUS-MILAN match in Torino. My favourite team won 2-1, and I saw live Paulo Dybala, my favourite player to shoot a goal!
Thank you very much once again for the unforgettable experience.”
The match was incredible , but visiting the football museum on Sunday was also a memorable program for Alexandra.
April 9, 2019
Ravand’s big dream was to visit the sea.
One beautiful sunny day after 6 hours in the car we arrived to a small town in Croatia. From the car we could see some parts of the sea already but the interesting part was when we visited the local beach in Senj. The beach had big rocks around and it so it was perfect for swimming. It was so nice and fun we went back nex day too. Ravand swam a lot in these two days, which had a good effect on his desease. He loved watching the small fishes under him and the life of the sea. He even got some new goggles and pipe for it.
After the beach days we visited the town of Silo on the Krk Island.
We went there with a motorboat which added to the experience. Unfortunately one day we had to stay at our apartment because it was a big storm but we had some time to go on a motorboat trip and see the beaches around Senj. We were taken by Brankovics István who is the manager of Galathea Diving Center. We had to hold on to the boat really strong, we felt like the wind is going to blow us away. But the sight was wonderful, we fell in love more and more with Croatia.
Ravand and his family went to the beach on our last day, and they hope they will have the opportunity to visit the sea again here or somewhere else.
August 29, 2018
Despite her illness, Fruzsina is quite the lively and energetic girl! This is exactly why her wish, a hoverboard, was no surprise to us.
When she first saw the large box containing her gift and finally managed to open it, her joy was boundless.
She could not help but try her hoverboard immediately. Riding around the hospital hallways relentlessly, it was clear she was truly loving her gift.
Enjoy your gift, Fruzsi!!
Veszprém, March 15, 2019
Tamás wished for an acoustic guitar from our Magic Lamp Foundation.
He decided in an honorable and commendable way that it was about time for him to learn to play the guitar.
Yes, but there are so many types of guitars differing in size, sounding … How could I possibly find out which one was the best for him? Than I had an idea: I called him on the phone and asked what type of music he liked.
To a certain extent, our preferences are similar, we both like music by Led Zeppelin. As there are many acoustic songs on their third album, played on steel-stringed guitars, the question of „which type of guitar” was solved.
After that we discussed the options via phone and the Internet, and chose an extraordinarily beautiful mahagoni Ibanez guitar.
I purposely did not schedule our meeting for April 1st (so that he does not accidently take it as a prank…) and I was especially glad to be able to meet Tamás in his home.
Tamás carefully opened the large trapeze shaped box in which, if I am not mistaken, the guitar had arrived to us, well to him to be exact, from Indonesia. His big smile assured me that I had made the right decision, it was not only me who liked the guitar. I showed him how to hold it and even played a few notes so he could hear what it sounds like. It sounds great!
After a bit more of “guitar chit-chat” and some advice, I said goodbye to him and his family; I wished Tamás good health and to get well soon in the name of the entire Magic Lamp team.
Budapest, March 314, 2019
Vida and his brothers are huge Liverpool FC fans, so it was no question what his wish would be: he would have liked to watch a home game of the football club.
We had to try really hard with the organizing, since the wheelchair tickets, which we needed, were already sold out for the whole season. In the end, we were able to get a ticket directly from the club.
We got going so Vida could see his favorite team on their home pitch. His oldest brother accompanied him for this unforgettable weekend. On the first day after arrival, we attended a stadium tour, where a lot of photos had been taken with the life-size puppets of the favorite players under the old jerseys. In the evening, we discovered the city. At Sunday noon, we watched the game excitedly from the first row. The weather wasn’t too kind to us, but the cold and the icy rain couldn’t mess up this day either.
We were lucky enough to watch 3 out of the 4 winning goal up close, since we were sitting directly behind the goal.
The atmosphere of the sold out stadium can’t be described, the little boy was enjoying every moment of it!
We hope that this weekend will live in Vida’s memory forever!
I met Csenge at the hospital and she had no idea that her wish will come true today as her parents only told her that they have to pop in to the clinic for a quick check.
Our supporter, BlackRock was represented by Agota Kovacs who remembers the day with the following words:
"Csenge was adorable, it gave her a massive surprise when I explained why I was there. When she opened the laptop her first reaction was that she will show her beautiful white laptop to her friends.
I helped her to switch it on and we did the main settings. Her happiness could not have been more obvious as we 'tried' the laptop a few times while I was with her.
Looking at Csenge's and her parents' joy I am confident, that the laptop is in the best hands."
Budapest, February 12, 2019
Standing there with the remote controlled train in our hands, we knew instantly that the smile spreading across Zsolti’s face was a smile we would never forget.
The LEGO set itself was so large that it took us an incredible amount of time just to understand all of its characters and background story. In fact, the attention to detail was so remarkable that if we removed the roof of the hot dog store and peeked inside, there was an entire complex of customers drinking coffee and going about their lives. Of course Zsolti knew all of this already; he had watched it with great excitement in a video prior to our arrival. Yet when receiving the gift, genuine excitement and gratitude radiated off of him, warming all of our hearts.
After realizing that we forgot to get the batteries for the remote, one of us ran down to the store to buy some while the others helped unpack the contents of the box onto Zsolti’s hospital bed. Observing the LEGO set we were thinking to ourselves how many hundreds of pieces it may have consisted of, puzzled at its size. Zsolti himself was quite impressed too, remarking that the remote controller for the train was the newest and most impressive model. And to our greatest joy, his responses led us to believe that we really did bring him a cool gift!
Zsolti, we hope our gift will bring you lots of joy in times to come and thank you for having us!!
Szeged, January 31, 2019
Kitti’s wish was to spend a couple days in Hajdúszoboszló on vacation with her mother and siblings. And since they were relaxing near to my home I was able to meet up with Kitti and her family. I took them out for lunch in order for us to be able to get to know each other a bit. This restaurant was modelled after a ship both on the interior and exterior.
Kitti loved it, and all of her tension seemed to disperse very quickly! She talked about her current treatment and what has been happening to her recently. Evidently, like all the other kids Csodalampa works with, she is quite the fighter herself.
Seeing that we were getting along very well we were able to spend several hours together! I found that she has an caring family, who protect her and love her dearly.
Kitti also talked about her experience in Hajdúszoboszló and revealed that she had a great time there! I was very happy to be able to meet Kitti and I hope that we will have yet another chance to meet again.
Debrecen, February 25, 201
I would like to thank you for granting my long standing wish to visit Hajdúszoboszló. After all the problems caused by my illness it was a real enlightment to have holiday with my mum and brother..
It was real fun, the hotel was beautiful, all the staff really kind to me. The spa was excellent, with lots of pools, slides - I tried almost all of them.
I also learned new things like playing mini golf, and I rolled on an electric scooter too...
We even went to Debrecen for a day to visit the Zoo and also the fun park. I could play with animals, and I triwed lots of attractions too.
I've got a lot of beautiful experiences. Thank you very much for the opportunity!
Csilla is quite an artist, drawing is her biggest hobby.
The young teenage girl’s dream was to own tablet which could allow her to draw and unveil her creativity. Such a tablet could allow her creativity to soar and express herself in her way.
Her dream was became a reality when Csilla was undergoing a lengthy set of treatments at the hospital. It was to her greatest surprise when Judit Drakopoulos, on behalf of Corinthia Hotel Budapest, presented her with her gift, the Tablet. This tablet was followed by other useful and valuable gifts, emerging one by one from Judit’s bag.
Csilla got so excited that she initially was even scared to hold the tablet, for fear of that she might break it. Yet eventually, after a bit of encouragement, she meticulously unboxed the tablet and squeezed it against herself. Her gaze gave away that her thoughts were already elsewhere, contemplating the future use of this new companion and the expressive pieces of art that she was sure to create with it.
Seeing the young artist’s excitement we felt it was time to slowly leave her. We, of course, did not want impede on the young creator’s first big opportunity to truly express herself and her artistic fantasies.
Budapest, September 12, 2018
Patrícia, as most of her age-group, really likes cartoons.
The hours spent on watching cartoons make her days in the hospital more bearable; therefore, she wished from the Magic Lamp Wish Granting Foundation nothing else than a tablet, capable of watching cartoons.
The delivery of the gift was a little bit delayed, but we hope that this device brought even more joy to Patrícia.
We wish her a lot of joyful moments granted by these cartoons, so she can forget the everyday struggles.
I met Janos in the office of BlackRock Hungary.
Janó was extremely happy for the gift, he did not expect it; therefore, it was a huge surprise for him that his wish had been fulfilled that day and that place.
I asked him what he would use his new, beautiful laptop for.
The 12-year-old young man told us that mostly for editing videos (he even has his own Youtube channel), gaming and obviously for studying as well.
I showed him where I was working and he especially liked the display on my desk.
That day was special for both of us; I am not sure for whom was it the greater experience...
Dóra’s wish was a laptop suitable for editing videos as part of her school assignments.
Fulfilling such a wish just a few days before Christmas was more than a pleasure.
Dóra was deeply moved when she found her present at BlackRock’s Christmas tree. We turned it instantly on and, as the machine was booting up, she started telling her story.
A story about her plans with the new laptop. A story about her school and her future goals. A story about family, friends and schoolmates…
And as I was listening to her far-from-average stories, I slowly realised how extraordinarily strong this young girl is. Someone who faces her disease with a braveness defying many adults. Someone with a brilliant sense and a lot of ambition.
Dear Dóra, I wish you a quick recovery and lots of happiness with your new laptop!
Marti wanted a laptop with a built-in DVD-player.
I visited Marti at the hospital. I was accompanied by Agota, a member of the BlackRock team.
The teen came to the clinic for treatment, and we wanted to surprise her before Christmas so can would be able to enjoy her new laptop over the holidays.
Marti was very happy when we handed over the big Magic Lamp bag containing the eagerly awaited laptop. Agota, the expert, helped Marti start up and set up the machine. In the meantime, Marti told us about all the things she wanted to use her new laptop for, including studying, and of course, watching films.
Dear Marti, we hope that you will get better soon. Enjoy your new laptop!
Budapest, Deember 19, 2018
Bence's wish was to watch his favourite football team, Real Madrid, playing in their Bernabeau Stadium in Madrid.
His account of the adventure:
I wished for this experience because I had been a Real Madrid fan for a long time, and my dream was to go to Madrid and watch one of their games live.
My excitement already started days before our flight. My brother and I could hardly wait for our departure.
We arrived in Madrid after a three-hour flight. First, we checked into our hotel, then went out for a sightseeing walk and dinner.
Next day we took a sightseeing bus to admire the many famous sights of Madrid.
A few hours before the start of the game we went to the stadium and waited for the gates to open. About an hour before start time finally we could go inside, take our seats, and watch the warm-up.
It wasn't a boring game but unfortunately, it ended without a goal. However, both teams had their opportunities for scoring, giving us reasons for excitement.
The stadium was almost full, so the atmosphere was awesome. It was such an amazing experience to see my favourite team play.
The following day we participated in a guided tour at the stadium. We saw all the trophies of the team in the museum, tried the seats in the VIP sector, sat on the benches, visited the dressing rooms and the press room. It was a great experience!
The last day we visited the Royal Palace of Madrid and the big cathedral across from the palace. We went for a final walk afterwards. Then it was time to go to the airport to board our flight back home.
It was definitely a trip of a lifetime, I will never forget it!
I would like to thank Magic Lamp and Dr. Gabor Kovacs, our escort, for organizing this trip and making my dream come true.
Budapest, October 2, 2018
As so many of his age group, Krisztián desired a driving license.
He contacted the driving school which was nearby to his school and residence as well, and started the course…
He passed the Highway Code test incredibly fast; therefore, we congratulate him!
If he carries on at this pace, he could hold his new driving license proudly in his hand very soon.
We asked him to definitely keep us informed about the successful practical exam and his new driving license.
Zalán came for a scheduled control to the Child Health Center between two treatments - that day started just like any other…
He didn’t expect that a surprise was waiting for him: the laptop, which was a great desire for him, arrived on that same day.
The boy was really happy when I was getting closer to him with a big box in my hand and said that it was for him.
He was surprised and asked: - What is in it?
- Open it! – I replied.
- Is it the laptop?! – He asked.
... and Zalán started to unpack the box.
It was a great pleasure to watch the pale face of the teenager became more red and lively as he was unpacking the box.
- I wouldn’t have believed it! – he said after seeing what was in the box.
He was extremely happy, I could see that from his face. A real, manly laptop! – He said repeatedly and showed it to the nurses, doctors who were coming by.
We wish you to have a lot of joy with your gift and get well as soon as possible!
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