A letter from Tatiana’s parents:
Our family has been blessed beyond words and we are truly grateful for the Make-A-Wish experience. When Tatiana was diagnosed we had no other hope but that something really good would come out of it. We continue to encourage Tatiana to realize there are some blessings that she may never get the benefit of seeing. I am convinced that the Make-A-Wish Foundation is part of that blessing.
We may never know how Tatiana’s story will impact the lives of those that hear about her wish, but our prayer is that those who do hear about it are compelled to share their resources, gifts and talents. As Tatiana’s parents, we can assure you that watching her turn 17 years old with a needle in her arm receiving chemo therapy was heart breaking. Then, as she began losing her hair, no horses, no dance, no school, for her it seemed life was already over. Make-A-Wish gave us something to focus on other than the disease. Watching her dream and contemplate what her wish should be was sometimes the only time we saw a twinkle in her eye and true joy.
We do not think Tatiana still has any comprehension of all the people who were involved in making her wish come true, but her parents have an idea and we would like to thank each and every one of you. Our daughter is special to us and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making her so special to you as well. You have given Tatiana, as well as our entire family, the memory of a lifetime.
At a time when your life is touched as ours was with Tatiana’s cancer, all the money in the world could not buy her health, nor can it buy back the part of her teenage year she missed. Instead we have been given the gift of love, faith and hope; and a most special memory we all will cherish.
Thank you for your kindness and your generosity. - Michele & Charlie, Tatiana’s parents
As Jack’s limo pulled up at the Moshofsky Center at the University of Oregon and the red carpet was unfurled, the Comcast SportsNet camera and reporter were on site to interview Jack, making him feel like a celebrity.
As Jack and his family made their way to the Ducks football practice facility, the 16-year-old was all smiles as players were converging on the entrance. For the next hour and a half, Jack watched practice and gained a behind-the-scenes perspective of Oregon Ducks football. At the end of practice, Jack was escorted to the field to meet Coach Kelly and the team. They presented him with a few gifts and encouraged Jack to lead the team in their final cheer at the end of practice.
As Coach Kelly walked with Jack and his family to the media area outside, Coach told him they would meet up for lunch together, but first he had to address some media questions… Then, Jack - not expecting the surprise to come - was asked to conduct his own on-camera interview with a few players as the “Talking Ducks” Comcast reporter on the scene. He interviewed Kenjon Barner, David Paulson and others with his own questions on the spot such as, “How do you stay so focused on catching the ball when you are about to take a huge hit from a big defensive back?” – great question!
After the interviews, Jack headed to the buffet line in the lunch room where he reunited with Coach Kelly and a few players that came by to say hi. A central point of Jack’s wish was his hope to conduct an interview with Coach Kelly – he had several great questions written on his reporter pad to be ready if the chance came along. Mission accomplished, as Coach was glad to be interviewed by his biggest fan. Jack is writing this article for his school newspaper at Central Catholic. This budding sports reporter hopes to attend the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism in a few years.
After all the shirt and cap signing and goodbye pats on the back, players left for class and Coach Kelly to his next meeting. Jack was sitting there with a smile on his face trying to digest the magic that just happened.
“It was a wonderful day and I’m so thankful!” recapped Jack. “I had so much fun chatting with Chip… and interviewing the players too.”
Sean, 16, of Hillsboro is a true Trekkie through and through. It was no surprise that he wished to go to the place where all Trekkies congregate and celebrate their love of Star Trek… the official STAR TREK Convention in Las Vegas.
Prior to his wish, Sean was inducted into a local fan group with a large ceremony. He received a costume to wear at the event, and attended some of their fan events this summer. At the airport greeting, he was met by many of the members of the fan group, all in costume.
At the Vegas convention, Sean saw all of his favorite costumed characters, and even wore one himself. He perused vendor booths with collectibles and took photos with attendees. Sean also enjoyed meet-and-greets with three of his favorite actors: Patrick Stewart, William Shatner and Leonard Nemoy.
Sean was beyond excited with his experience and, to top it all off, was able to help break the world record for most costumed Star Trek characters in one place!