Local celebrity and young author Ashton Zari recently had another wish come true.
Ashton, 8, is a patient at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He has a chronic kidney disease and recently had massive reconstructive surgery on his bladder and bowel.
Ashton’s mother Amanda Zari said Ashton heard the President and First Lady would be visiting the hospital and told his parents he wanted to give the Commander In Chief a copy of his book, “How I Became A Super Hero.” Ashton wrote the book to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio.
Amanda said her husband Anthony told hospital staff about her son’s wish. She said within the hour, Ashton had White House staffers in his room with gifts from the President.
A few hours later, Ashton and his family were asked to go into another room where they met President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump.
“President Trump was kind and empathetic,” said Amanda. “He spent time engaging with Ashton, asking him about his book, and even calling him a young entrepreneur. He was genuinely interested in Ashton’s health and asked many questions about the Ronald McDonald House.
“I’m so humbled by this experience,” said Amanda. “As a mom, it’s seldom you can be part of making your child’s wildest dreams come true. Our president will never know the impact his interest in Ashton made in his life.”
“Meeting the president was really cool,” said Ashton. “The first lady was very pretty. I wish everyone had a chance to meet him.”
Amanda said Ashton is still recovering from his surgery, but they hope he will be discharged from the hospital sometime this week.