Former Beckley Boy Gets A Surprise Visit From President Donald Trump And First Lady

COLUMBUS, OH (WOAY) – A former Beckley boy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital got a chance of a lifetime when he met President Trump and the First Lady.

Ashton Zari who is 8 years old suffers from chronic kidney disease primary, bilateral vesicorectal reflux, and hydronephrosis.  Ashton’s mother, Amanda Zari tells WOAY that on Friday, August 24th, 2018, all their dreams came true.

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melanie Trump met with Ashton, who wrote a book called “How I became a Superhero”.

Amanda says “This was an experience I am struggling with finding adequate words, to sum up. President Trump was kind and empathetic. 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 Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio”.

“The First Lady has the kindest voice and smile possibly of anyone I ever met. She spent time looking through Ashton’s book and commenting on the various illustrations, the workmanship, and she told him what a great job he did. She also asked about when Ashton was going to publish his next book. They probably spent 5-10 minutes in the room honestly, just getting to know Ashton.”

“This is something that I never in a million years dreamed would ever happen for Ashton, and I am so humbled that President Trump and the First Lady would take time out of their incredibly busy schedule to spend time encouraging a very medically fragile eight year old. They had no way of knowing the hellish week Ashton had endured, which makes the time that they spent with him all the more precious. I am very infrequently at a loss for words, but no amount of words seems like a big enough thank you for what they did.”

Ashton’s book can be found by visiting: https://ashtonsbirthdaywish.bigcartel.com/product/how-i-became-a-super-hero-preorder

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