Beasley Allen lawyers and staff had the opportunity to provide a Magic Moment for a 6-year-old Tallassee, Ala., boy on July 19, when they presented him with a trip to Disney World for him and his family! Magic Moments is a charitable organization that relies on the generosity of donors to make dreams come true for children living in Alabama with chronic life-threatening diseases. Beasley Allen Principal Greg Allen serves on the organization’s Board of Directors.
TJ Esco has been battling leukemia since July 2015. TJ has not been able to start school and has spent every holiday since his diagnosis in the hospital. During his time in the hospital, TJ has seen many commercials for Disney World and has asked to go for his Magic Moment.
Magic Moments is based in Birmingham, Ala., where it was started in 1984 by two moms, Shelley Clark and Buffie Marks. On their website, they describe their inspiration for the organization:
“The inspiration behind our creation started when Shelley and her daughter saw a story on television about a boy in the hospital whose dream was to ride in a fire engine. While he was in the hospital, his family arranged for the local fireman to drive a fire engine to the hospital to tell him he would get a ride in it as soon as he was well enough. The pure joy that Shelley saw on this little boy’s face and the hope for this dream she saw in his eyes so profoundly inspired her that she thought, ‘We have to do this in Birmingham; we have to give children in Alabama struggling with illness this kind of hope and lift of spirit.’
TJ with his family, mom Marianne, Dad Tim, and sisters Jessica and Christine Esco
They partnered with community leaders and activists, as well as medical professionals, in order to help make their dream – and the dream of thousands of children – a reality. Today Magic Moments has fulfilled “dreams-come-true” for more than 4,200 children in every county of Alabama.
Beasley Allen raised $6,585 for Magic Moments. Of that amount, $4,500 will be used to pay for TJ’s trip and the remainder will help another child.
For more information about Magic Moments or to make a donation, visit www.magicmoments.org.