It’s not every day that a Real Housewife takes a chance to make a difference in someone’s life, but Aviva Drescher did just that when she took time out of her schedule to make a young fan’s dreams come true.
Aviva, who is currently filming the 6th season of Real Housewives of New York, helped 21-year-old Osteosarcoma patient, Carlos Rodriguez, put a check mark on his bucket list by taking him out on the town to not only see Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, but meet the stars of the show as well – a longstanding wish of his.
Aviva was introduced to Carlos through the organization Candlelighters NYC, an not-for-profit group dedicated to helping families get through the difficult times when a child is diagnosed with and being treated for cancer. They assist through all stages: discovery, diagnosis, treatment and remission.
Carlos, who has been battling bone cancer for over seven years, is thankful for Aviva’s outreach. “The whole show and Aviva were so great and amazing. I had the best time of my life, especially since I love Broadway shows! It makes me forget the hardships I'm facing,” the NYC native tells In Touch exclusively.
Carlos’ mother, Lisbeth Rodriguez, was just as grateful for the Wednesday night outing.
"It was an amazing opportunity for Carlos,” she says. “My son has always loved Broadway shows. He had a big smile on his face when he came out of the theater. Thanks so much to Aviva for making a special moment for him."
No matter how grateful Carlos and his mother are, it is Aviva who feels most rewarded.
“To be in the company of a young man, who, despite having wretched cancer, is so joyous and grateful for life, is awe inspiring,” the mother-of-four shares.
In addition to Candlelighters NYC, Aviva serves as the national spokesperson for the One Step Ahead Foundation and has been heavily involved with other charities including the Cancer Schmancer Movement, Live4Life, and Trash Cancer.