Patrick was diagnosed with Leukemia as a teenager. His Wish was to go to New York City to attend the Victoria Secret Fashion Show. He described the experience as “quite literally the most unbelievably memorable day of my life.”
Chase was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia when he was 15. He likes rap, hip-hop and country music. He also enjoys football and basketball. His Wish was to have tuition assistance for the University of Idaho. The university saw his story and granted him a full ride!
Casey lives in Spokane and is battling against brain tumors. He is studying to be a lineman. His Wish was to visit somewhere warm with his family. They went on a wonderful vacation to O’ahu, HI.
Grace was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer when she was a teenager. She is happiest when she is around animals, especially her horses, and hopes to one day become a veterinarian. Grace’s Wish was to meet her hero, professional barrel racer Sherry Cervi. Grace and Sherry spent a day barrel racing together. Grace said her Wish was her best day ever.
Logan has been battling cancer. After a year of planning and lots of ups and downs, Logan was able to go on his Wish to the US Open. The US Tennis Association picked up Logan and his family in an official USTA car to bring them to the famous Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. They got to watch all of the semifinal and final matches. During the four days that Logan watched the US Open, he was treated like a star. The first two days they were in a beautiful suite, and for the finals, the USTA had pulled out all the stops by seating Logan in the Presidential Suite surrounded by celebrities. The highlight of the trip was when Logan was honored to do the coin toss for the men’s semifinals.
Sawyer lives in Prosser, WA. When she was a baby she contracted E-coli Bacterial Meningitis with hydrocephalus, which requires a VP shunt to be placed in her head. Sawyer has endured many hospital stays with lots of surgeries to help her. Despite all of her struggles, she is a bright light and has a very uplifting personality with lots of humor. She loves dogs and working with children. Sawyer has a twin sister whom she is very close with. Sawyer’s wish was to meet Dak Prescott, starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowyboys. Not only did she meet Dak, she attended the Cowyboys vs Seahawks on Christmas Eve 2017, where she also met many of the Cowboys coaches and players, and got VIP access to the Cowyboys facility.
Sarah lives in Spokane with her family. While undergoing surgery to combat brain cancer, challenging circumstances occurred causing her to need care 24/7 by her family and nurses. Sarah is non verbal, so when we visited with the family we looked at what we can do to help make caring for her easier in some way. Thanks to many, many generous community members, Sarah and her family received a backyard deck and a hot tub, allowing Sarah to spend time with her family outdoors–her favorite place to be! Special thanks to the Spokane Homebuilders Association, Spokane Remodeler’s Association, Bob Wright and all of the businesses and individuals who rallied on behalf of this Wish.
Admir is a sweet 13-year-old boy with Hydro-cephalic Cerebral Palsy, Chronic Respiratory Distress, Seizure disorders and more. But all of that does not stop Admir from being a happy boy! Admir’s Wish was for a Convaid Trekker Stroller so he can enjoy family outings. A month after he got the stroller, the family has decided he can now go to school for the first time. We are beyond excited to help make this happen for him.
Dulcemaria has Type 1 Diabetes and is legally blind. Her Wish was to have a beach-themed Quinceañera.
Ryan was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in June 2013. In November 2013 he was declared cancer free, only to find out it was back in May 2014. Ryan underwent a strict regimen of chemo had a bone marrow transplant. His Wish was to attend the BlizzCon gaming convention in California. Ryan said the experience was “the most amazing time of my life. I knew the moment I walked through those doors that I had found my tribe.”
Gabrielle has epilepsy. It came on quite unexpectedly in her teenage years, and she has been learning to cope with this new normal. She was told she couldn’t drive and had a tough spill during a run one day. While this would get many people down, Gabrielle is a fighter. One of her biggest passions is art. Someday she aspires to go to design school where she can learn more about art and fashion. Gabrielle’s Wish was to take a vacation to Florida, and she had a great time!
Special thanks to wish sponsor, Larry H. Miller, Toyota.
Kevin was born with congenital heart lesions and also has Down syndrome. He has had open heart surgery and still has to visit the doctor frequently. Kevin is a charming little boy and truly lights up a room when he walks in. One of his favorite things in the world is SpongeBob Squarepants, and it was no surprise when he told us his wish was to meet SpongeBob. Kevin and his family traveled to Nickelodeon Studios where he had lots of one on one time with SpongeBob and had a wonderful week with his family.
Special thanks to wish sponsor Spokane Association of Realtors.
Trevor lives in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho. He has dopa-responsive dystonia with developmental disabilities. He loves to swim and play at the beach. Trevor wished to go to Give Kids the World Village and Disneyworld with his family during Christmas 2017. They had an amazing time, and Trevor had so much fun he wished he could have moved in there!
Jackie (left) battled Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. She is now cancer free! Her Wish was to go to Kauai to hike, snorkel, zip-line and lay on the beach. Jackie had the time of her life and was able to do all the things on her list. They explored so much of the island they put 1100 miles on the rental car. She is now on her way back to college in Boise.
Gabriel has been battling brain cancer. His Wish was to attend the 2016 Formula 1 Race in Austin, TX. He got to meet two of his favorite drivers, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. Gabriel was invited to the VIP Mercedes tent for the day, where he was able to meet and hang out with the drivers.
Alexandra has cystic fibrosis, a chronic lung disease. Despite her illness she is very much a normal young woman. She loves to be with her family and friends and enjoys shopping, babysitting, photography and doing her hair and make-up. When she was young she attended the Guild School, and she continues to work with them on their annual penny drive and walk. Like many young adults, she dreams of traveling. Her Wish was a trip to New York City, where she celebrated her 21st birthday. She was able to see all the sights on her list and more. Allie loves Elmo, so for her 21st birthday she ate at a New York restaurant called Elmo. She was beyond excited!
Kurt has FOP- Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva- which is one of the rarest, most disabling genetic conditions. He loves to play basketball, soccer, baseball and go swimming. Kurt’s Wish was to have a warm-water therapy pool to help him with mobility and soothe his sore body. Thanks to a couple of local citizens and businesses who heard about his story and decided to take action for him, Kurt’s wish came true!
Aiden has Transverse Myelitis. Aiden’s Wish was to visit Aulani Disney Resort. Unfortunately, he became sick the day after they arrived in Hawaii and spent the first three days in the hospital. He was unable to fly home because he was too weak to make the flight. The family was able to stay another week with the help of family and friends funding the extra days. The Ronald McDonald House in Hawaii also housed the family for two days until they could fly home. We are grateful the family was finally able to enjoy their time in Hawaii and make some awesome family memories!
Please keep Jayda’s family, friends and loved ones in your thoughts and prayers, as she was unable to overcome her battle against Osteosarcoma in December 2017. She was 18 years old and lived in Ephrata, WA. She was very involved in soccer, basketball and track and had accepted a soccer scholarship to play for Walla Walla Community College. By all accounts, Jayda was an amazing young lady and will be missed by many. We will work with her family at a later date to see how her Wish can live on.