Make Wishes Come True for Kids in Oregon & SW Wash

Jan 12, 2012

Jack's Wish to meet UO Duck's coach Chip Kelly

Ducks coach Chip Kelly autographs Jack
Ducks coach Chip Kelly autographs Jack's jersey

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.”


Oct 10, 2011

Sean's Star Trek Wish

Sean at the Star Trek Convention
Sean at the Star Trek Convention

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!


Jun 22, 2011

Timothy's wish to have a game room

Tim and his wish
Tim and his wish

Tim is a 14 year old who lives in Salem, Ore. and qualifies for a wish because he suffers from Cystic Fibrosis.  Because of his illness, Tim is not always able to play sports or do things that other 14 year olds often take for granted.  When his wish granting volunteers asked Tim what he would like for his wish-come-true, he enthusiastically told them he would like a game room in his house.  The Make-A-Wish Foundation went to work making Tim's wish extra magical with a large TV, speakers, a game system and even his favorite posters.  The magic of Tim's wish was shared by all who volunteered and donated things to make it extra special.  Tim was blown away, and not just by the loud music coming out of his speakers.  Tim's was one of 180 wishes the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon plans to grant this year with the help of donations from generous supporters like you!


Mar 9, 2011

Zach's Wish to Have a Bedroom Makeover

Zach's Wish

Zach’s Bedroom Redo Wish Comes True

“Wow! This is way better than I even though it would be,” exclaimed Zach, when he first entered his newly-furnished room.

The 17-year-old wished to have a bedroom makeover complete with flat screen TV and PlayStation 3. Zach spends a lot of time in his room due to his life-threatening aplastic anemia.

While Zach was at school, volunteers from the Make-A-Wish Foundation and UnitedHealthcare worked on his room.  They spent the day assembling the new queen bed, dresser, bookshelf, corner desk, night stand and television.

Zach’s wish magic started when a limo picked him up from school and whisked him away to Game Stop to pick out some games for his new set-up.  After choosing his favorites – and letting his little brother pick out one too – Zach came home to find his new digs better than he imagined.

All he kept saying was, “Wow!”

Zach’s wish was one of 25 local wishes granted during the Season of Wishes holiday campaign.


Dec 2, 2010

Addie's Wish to Be on the Penedleton Round-Up Court


Addie becomes a Princess…Pendleton style

Addie is an 11-year-old who qualifies for a wish because she has cystic fibrosis.  Although she lives in Clackamas, she has attended the Pendleton Round-Up since she was 6.  For the centennial year of the Round-Up, Addie’s wish was to join the royal court, and the entire town rolled out the royal carpet to make this wish spectacular.

The Pendleton Round-Up is a five-day rodeo celebration of the “real wild west” during which the population of Pendleton usually quadruples. This year, it was almost tenfold, and Addie experienced a wish in front of thousands of people that lasted the entire week. 

Each day, Wednesday through Saturday, featured a rodeo.  Addie sat with the court twice and was truly excited by the informal chit chat with the rodeo royalty. Sitting in their box was Addie’s favorite way to watch the events, as this rodeo enthusiast kept score and cheered with enthusiasm.  Watching with her family was pretty great too.

On Wednesday during the children’s rodeo, Addie tried her hand at barrel racing (with a stick horse) and rode a horse in the ring.  She wore her custom-made outfit that complemented the Pendleton court’s duds made by local seamstress Verneda Wagner, along with a hat that was donated by a local hat maker Montana Peaks Hat Company.

During the Happy Canyon Indian Pageant, Addie was introduced to roaring applause and was presented with handmade saddle flowers for her horse to display in the parade. 

The parade was a highlight for Addie as she rode her aunt’s horse in an event that topped the Guinness record for the most livestock to appear in a parade.  She worked on her princess wave and ear-to-ear grin, and perfected both by the time she appeared in the parade. 

On Saturday morning, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon hosted a brunch that doubled as the final celebration of Addie’s wish week.  The multi-generational affair included Addie, her parents, aunts, uncles, both grandmothers and her great grandmother.  Warren, a Make-A-Wish volunteer and Pendleton Round-Up Director, introduced Addie to the guests which resulted in rousting applause that symbolized the capstone of Warren’s hard work in helping to make Addie’s wish a community affair.

Addie was interviewed on Fox Sports Network as part of the centennial celebration, and she wowed the reporter as she took the microphone and turned the interviewer into the interviewee.  Addie wrapped up the report with the traditional Pendleton saying “Let ‘er Buck!”

Addie will be able to treasure the memories of her wish-come-true due to the generosity of Gary Ogilvie Photography who documented the entire week with stunning images of the once-in-a-lifetime princess experience…Pendleton style.


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