Much has changed for 15-year-old Tim. “Pre-cancer you go through the day and take note of everything that went wrong,” he said. “But now my perspective has changed. I am more optimistic and positive. It makes for more good days than bad.”
His wish to go on a ski trip with his family in Deer Valley, Utah, also gave him a new outlook. During the wish trip, as he’s enjoying the 12 inches of new snow and tackling the steep slopes, he reflected on his battle with leukemia – all that he’s been through – and realized that it’s all about the journey, not the destination.
Thanks to your support, children like Tim can experience the life-changing impact of a wish.
Looking back on her teenage years, Andrea, now 28, said her Make-A-Wish experience changed her life. She said it brought her hope, opportunity and light at the end of the tunnel. Thanks to supporters like you, her wish to go to Paris, France, came true when she was 15 years old. Not only did she fulfill her dream to visit the Eiffel Tower, the wish trip allowed her family to be together again. Because she had to receive treatments in a city hundreds of miles away from home, she didn’t get to see her father or sister often. “For Make-A-Wish to plan this trip not only for myself, but for my entire family, was a wonderful surprise.”Thanks to you, Andrea now has the opportunity to change the life of other children. She is now a mentor for children with cancer and will begin nursing school this summer.
As a teenager battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Jacob has experienced more hardship than most people in a lifetime. His positive attitude, humor and perseverance kept him going. This adventurous teen also had a big goal – to be able to ride on the new dirt bike that Make-A-Wish® Oregon granted him. “The wish helped him to think beyond the months of his lying in bed and not feeling well,” said his mom.
Today, thanks to supporters like you, instead of dealing with chemo, Jacob spends his day tackling dirt hills. His family says he uses his bike to inspire others to overcome their own obstacles.
Thank you for supporting wish kids like Jacob and for helping to share the power of a wish® with every eligible child.