About A Second Wish By Demetrius

Meet Demetrius

Demetrius was diagnosed at the age of 2 1/2 with an ependymoma brain tumor. An ependymoma brain tumor is a malignant primary brain tumor. Treatment for this is very complex. Demetrius recovered from his first surgery surprising the doctors and began attending Montessori School at Holy Rosary in Cleveland, Ohio at age 3. He also started playing the piano. His tumor returned at age 7 and he was granted a wish of a piano. Demetrius was making progress when the tumor returned a third time at age 12 and he wanted a second wish of a train ride with his family from Tampa to Orlando with a stop in Atlanta to visit his great-grandmother one last time. He would have had to fly a portion of the trip as his health was failing. The trip would be costly and the family reached out to other “wish granting organizations” across the country; all of whom could not assist because he had been granted a wish from another organization.

Demetrius died at age 12 with his second wish unfulfilled. A Second Wish By Demetrius was established because of Demetrius’ unfulfilled wish. 

His classmates wrote and published a book, Remembering “D”, in 2009 to share his story with the world. 


Our History


Our Beginnings

A Second Wish By Demetrius Inc. was founded in 2008 in memory of my nephew Demetrius who died of brain cancer at the age of 12 with his second wish unfulfilled after being denied assistance from wish granting organizations across the United States because he was granted a wish at the age of seven.


D'Light Run

The Annual D’Light Run, Remembering “D” 5K and 1 Mile Run/Walk was established.


First Wish Granted 

Andrew received a second heart, and a second wish to Busch Gardens and Universal Studios.


Employees Hired

Part-time employees hired


Thrift Store 

Move to new office and Thrift Store Opened.

Our Beginnings

A Second Wish By Demetrius Inc. was founded in 2008 in memory of my nephew Demetrius. The doctors gave Demetrius a slim chance on survival at two years old and from that moment he became my inspiration and a “miracle child.”

With advances in medicine and treatments, children with life-threatening illnesses are living longer and should have an opportunity to receive “A SECOND WISH.”

He was a true inspiration to everyone who was blessed by having known him. 

Angela Small, Founder 


A Second Wish By Demetrius Inc. 501(c) 3 Organization
Phone: 813-330-2555 | Fax: 813-252-6937
Mailing Address: PO Box 25912, Tampa, FL 33622
Physical Address: 4202 E. Busch Blvd. #5 Tampa, FL. 33617
Email: [email protected]

“A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the division of consumer services by calling toll free (800-435-7352) within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.” #CH46508

Due to an overwhelming response to request for second wishes,
we are currently not accepting new applications.
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