Darien's Connor O'Neill a guest of honor at Make-A-Wish benefit

Last spring, Connor O'Neill of Darien took a break from doctor's appointments, physical therapy and surgeries for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, thanks to Make-A-Wish Connecticut.  His wish was to go to on a Mediterranean Cruise – more specifically, to “go on a big boat with lots of Italian food.”

The HAN Network spoke with 10 year-old Connor and Michael Dominick of Make-A-Wish, about Connor's experience and how Connor is helping to make wishes come true for other Connecticut children. Watch the interview below:


Connor has a rare disorder, known as 22q syndrome, caused by a defect in chromosome 22. The syndrome can cause congenital heart disease, gastrointestinal difficulties, serious breathing concerns, among other issues.

Connor will be one of two wish kids honored at The Celebrating Wishes Ball.

The Celebrating Wishes Ball is Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Greenwich Country Club. It's a major fundraiser for Make-A-Wish. Last year, the money raised at the event alone allowed the organization to grant 50 wishes.  The ball is a dinner, dance and auction event. There will be 12 wish kids coming this year as Ambassadors. Find out more about the event and get tickets here.

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.This year marks the 30th anniversary for Make-A-Wish CT — which has granted 2,600 wishes in that time. Find out how you can support Make-A-Wish at ct.wish.org.