Make-a-Wish celebrates 500K wishes with new wheelchair swing, car parade for 10-year-old

For Neil Hajjar, a 10-year-old Bernardsville resident with Mecp2 Duplication Syndrome and Moyamoya Disease, the view from his front lawn Wednesday evening was enough to elicit what his mom, Meg, calls his “happy hands.”

Neil waved his arms in delight, perched from his wheelchair atop a brand-new swing as approximately 50 emergency vehicles and at least 200 cars from the community drove by their home. The swing and convoy were sponsored by Make-A-Wish New Jersey, to celebrate Neil’s love of swinging and car-gazing.

Make-A-Wish for Neil Hajjar

A police officer drives his motorcycle past Neil and his family.Aristide Economopoulos | NJ Advance Media

“Today is a celebration of Neil and his life-changing wish for this special swing that accommodates his wheelchair,” Tom Weatherall, President & CEO of Make-A-Wish New Jersey, said in a statement. “We are honored to be able to bring his two favorite experiences together – the sense of freedom on

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