Madison and Jack Lewinger are 10-year-old twins who look like they don’t have a care in the world. As you watch them happily learn how to make spaghetti and meatballs (every top chef’s personal go-to) in the kitchen of Maggiano’s in Garden City, New York, you’d be hard-pressed to think that the children in chef hats are anything but ordinary. But for Maddie and Jack, things haven’t always been easy. They were diagnosed with kidney cancer at 2, making it hard for them to be like other kids their own age. But after years of undergoing intensive chemotherapy, each losing a kidney, and two difficult relapses for Maddie, the twins are having the time of their lives. That’s because Make-A-Wish has been making sure that their remission has been magical.
FOX 5 reports that the twins have gotten to meet their favorite Disney characters, travel to amusement parks (both Legoland and Disneyland) and Make-A-Wish even helped Jack learn how to surf the wild waves of the Pacific Ocean. And now the kids know something else: how to make a delicious dinner all on their own. And a reporter was on hand to witness it all.
In just a few steps, Chef Dailey guided Maddie, Jack and me through a meatball and pasta recipe that accommodates the twins’ gluten and dairy allergies. After some hard work in the kitchen, enjoying the delicious dish was the perfect way for these two brave children to celebrate the holidays together.
Is someone cutting onions in here or is it just all the dust? I don’t know about you, but my eyes are watering.