Phoenix, AZ- Classmates of 7-year-old Phoenix native Timmy Waddleton, who suffered from a rare and untreatable allergy to oxygen, learned a valuable lesson in hydrostatics today when the Make-A-Wish Foundation® recipient drowned in a swimming pool filled with chocolate flavored Jell-O instant pudding.
"Kids are natural scientists and this is a wonderful example of the excitement that can come from using real world applications of scientific principles as part of the educational process," Jim Hope, principal of New Frontiers Elementary School, explained. "Timmy loved science and, unfortunately, pudding. He was a good kid if not a strong swimmer."
The Make-A-Wish Foundation®, which has been been granting wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions since 1980, is no stranger to wish related fatalities according to Make-A-Wish National Board and Executive Committee chair Robert J. Bigler. "This one kid wanted a pet lion. It didn't go well but we all came away from the experience with a deeper understanding of the predator-prey relationship and the complexity of introducing a wild animal into human society so, you know, there's always a silver lining."