“PAW Patrol,” VIP treatment make boy’s wish come true

James David Dickson, The Detroit News

A Cadillac boy got VIP treatment Sunday and had the chance to meet some special friends from the popular “PAW Patrol” Nickelodeon TV show.

The morning for Anakin Sturtevant, 3, started at Southfield’s Courtyard Marriott when he looked outside his window and saw lights flashing and heard sirens. His ride was here.

The family made its way downstairs to find Southfield police officers and firefighters and their service dogs, Ivo and Blaze, waiting. They greeted the boy as he entered a limousine headed for downtown Detroit, then escorted him to Fox Theatre.

“They were driving us around like we were a presidential candidate,” Kris Sturtevant, the boy’s father, said at the time to his mother, Tori Boynton.

This was a special day for Sturtevant, who is battling Krabbe disease (also known as globoid cell leukodystrophy) and uses a wheelchair. The degenerative disease destroys the myelin sheath, the protective coating of the body’s nerve cells, according to the Mayo Clinic. There is no known cure.

On Sunday, the focus was on what Anakin wanted. What he wanted more than anything, what he loves more than anything outside of his family, are the dogs from “PAW Patrol,” which brought the live show to the Fox Theatre.

The family had heard about the “PAW Patrol” trip in July and requested the visit from the Make-A-Wish Foundation. About two weeks ago, the family learned the Anakin’s wish was approved, and that he would have his special day.

According to Boynton, every effort was made to make Sturtevant feel special, including a blue carpet rolled out upon his arrival at the theater, and meeting three of his four pawed heroes at a meet-and-greet after the show.

On a Saturday visit to the Detroit Zoo, Sturtevant was allowed to feed the giraffes. He was supposed to go to the Novi Pet Expo afterward, but was tuckered out, and he was focused on preparing for his special day.


Mom Tori and Anakin Sturtevant, CQ 3, watch Paw Patrol Live unfold.