"Make-A-Wish" foundation helped him fulfill a dream to write and
publish a book.
Travis, now 13, said the intention of his book was to give hope to
other kids who are sick like him and to encourage them to never give
"Now that the book is out, a lot of kids and adults are e-mailing
me on my website," Travis said. "They want me to know how much they
appreciate what I'm doing."
The character came from a spider running across his bed during one
of his hospital stays, according to Travis' mother.
"The book is a metaphor of Travis' life," Teresa Flores said. "He
hates spiders and he hates his medicine, so he put the two together
and created the book."
In the "The Spider Who Never Gave Up," Sparkey the Spider took 12
years to spin a web better than anyone else. As life often imitates
art, Travis began a new unapproved FDA medicine shortly after he
turned 12 -- and his health has improved dramatically, Teresa said.
"He's spinning his own perfect little web," Teresa said.
Matt Gallant, host of Animal Planet's "The Planet's Funniest
Animals" read Travis' book Friday to those gathered at the
Make-A-Wish pumpkin patch at the Media Center Mall.
Gallant has been involved in the foundation for almost five years
and has had the opportunity to grant a few wishes himself.
"The feeling I get inside just making those kids laugh fills me up
more than any job that I can do," Gallant said. "It takes time, but
you get so much out of it you can't really put words to it."
The Media City Center will donate all of the profits from the
pumpkin sales to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles,
according to Marketing Director Brian Gartland.