Adyn is a lot of things — a builder, a Lego master, a 6-year-old kid. But he’s not a quitter. Adyn has been battling leukemia for 22 months. In his free time, while going through chemotherapy, he builds Lego sets. And lots of them.
HelloSWFL met Adyn a few weeks ago. Since then, the employees behind Legoland learned his story — and offered him a once-in-a-lifetime trip. “This couldn’t have come at a better time, things are just now starting to get very real for us,” Ericka Pickett, Adyn’s mother, said.
The Pickett family was invited to Legoland in Winter Haven, Florida this week. It’s been a long journey to get to this point, but for three days, the family got to put all of that aside.
“The past three days have been nothing, nothing about the hospital, nothing about transplant, it has literally been what’s the next roller coaster, what’s the next Lego, what can I trade next,” Ericka said.
From roller coaster rides to family time, to building Legos with one of the 40 master builders in the world, Adyn was given the full experience.
With Legos draping the walls and tables, it’s what Adyn knows best. It keeps him happy and his family going.
“He’s fighting a battle that most adults can’t fight to the depth that he’s having to fight and he does it with a smile of his 99 percent of the time,” Ericka said.
“That’s really what we had to embrace, that tomorrow was going to be another fun day,” James Pickett, Adyn’s dad, said.
But that’s not all. The surprises weren’t done — Adyn and Abby got new Legos and the family was given the chance to sign a beam that will be a part of the newest ride in the theme park.
“I just always aspire to be their hero, but it’s reverse they are my heroes,” James said.