Gideon

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11-year-old Gideon is inquisitive, creative and constantly pushing the boundaries to learn more.

"He likes to make things and find out about new things," his mum Jemimah said. He's an avid reader, loves hanging with his best friend Samuel, and is a big fan of Minecraft.

Gideon is a triplet and he and his two sisters Anwen and Mahalah were born with merosin-deficient muscular dystrophy - a genetic disorder which causes severe muscle weakness. The three have been in wheelchairs since they were two years old, and Jemimah and dad Ben are now their full-time carers at home in country NSW.

Gideon in hospital

When Gideon was referred for his Starlight Wish, Jemimah said he was so excited thinking about what he'd like to do, saying "he just loved thinking through the different options."

Given his passions, she said a science or technology experience were top of Gideon's wish list. And who better to learn from than an expert in the field (and a very cool one at that!).

Gideon's Starlight Wish saw him meet the internationally renowned Biomedical Engineer and Technology Futurist, Dr Jordan Nguyen.

A familiar face on the ABC science show Catalyst, Dr Nguyen is known for designing futuristic and inclusive technologies that help to transform the lives of people with a disability. Dr Nguyen was humbled Gideon wanted to meet him, and enlisted his team from Psykinetic. Together they headed to Gideon's school to spend a few days workshopping with Gideon and Samuel to develop a special Virtual Reality (VR) game.

Gideon with Psykinetic team

Jemimah said it was fantastic to see Gideon so happy and engaged with something he loves. Gideon loved the VR experience, feeling like he was flying a ship and totally immersed in the game.

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"This experience could be the start of something new for Gideon," she said.

Gideon's dad Ben is confident his Starlight Wish will have a lasting impact.

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He's got something pretty cool to share with his mates and it could inspire him to do more in coding or robotics in the future. This could be a real direction change in his life.
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Gideon's Dad, Ben

As for Gideon, the wish was more than he could have imagined. "I didn't think it would be as good as this, but it was amazing!"

Gideon's Starlight Wish gave him the chance to try something new and a real sense of achievement in creating and designing his game.

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When you get to do something that you might not be able to do in real life, it makes you feel better about yourself. My wish was special because it's something I couldn't have done on my own.
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Gideon

Ben and Jemimah were so thankful for the amazing support and said the wish will open a world of possibilities for Gideon.

We look forward to hearing what Gideon's bright future has in store and huge thanks to Dr Nguyen and the Pyskinetic team for helping us grant Gideon's Starlight Wish!

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