Make a Wish
March 10, 2010 1:05am CST
I am sure you're all thinking of what you're wishing for, whether it's a deluxe car, your own home, tons of money. This discussion isn't about that. Read on. Tonight, on the way home from school, I stopped for fuel. Nothing spectacular about that right? It was freezing out (not nice for a Californian.) What was special was the young gentleman pumping fuel next to me. He noticed my "Make a Wish" star on my car and tears came to his eyes. The story... About 8 years ago his little brother was diagnosed with leukemia. Of course the little guy went through all the treatments and tests available. Soon, his parents called the Make a Wish Foundation to grant the young man a final wish. His wish was for a fort in his back yard. Make a Wish made the boy's dream come true. The boy was thrilled with the fort and spent many many hours in the fort, getting away from the pain and stress from his dreadful disease. Soon the boy tired of the fight, the treatments that weren't causing the disease to go away. He weakened by the day and soon the family knew it wasn't too much longer that the little boy who made an adult decision wouldn't be with them too much longer. The young lad asked to be taken to his beloved fort one last time. His father gently carried the boy to the fort and placed him on the couch that was in there. Minutes turned into an hour, then two. The boy's breathing slowed and he passed away in absolute happiness from a simple wish granted by the Make a Wish Foundation. I stood there in the cold, with tears in my eyes watching the boy's older brother talk about his younger sibling, and the tears running down his face as he remembered losing someone so young that he loved so much. Needless to say, that blue star that was on the side of my beat up old station wagon found a new home, on the boy's brothers beautiful black SUV! I was informed that he would drive with pride carrying that blue star on the side of his vehicle. Each of us complains about our lives and our aches and pains; we seem to forget the young people that suffer in silence about their life threatening problems, with a simple wish that they have before they pass. I know it makes my aches, pains and problems very small in comparison. Remember the blue star and if you get a chance donate to the charity and help another young person's wish come true. I know I will.
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10 Mar 10
That is incredibly sad. I feel for the man. I lost my grandfather and many uncles and aunts to cancer, and it was terribly sad and hard for me to accept it. My grandfather passed away when I was about 10 years old. Even though it was a long time ago, I remember it clearly. I was at home with my grandmother, mother, and siblings when we got a phone call from the hospital. They said that we should come quickly, so we got a taxi and went to the hospital. When we got there, we stayed with him for 5 to 10 minutes and he quietly and painlessly passed away.
• United States
10 Mar 10
What a moving story! Thank you for sharing and making my day a little more beautiful and loving. I encourage everyone who reads this to take a moment to say a prayer for this gallant young soul, for all of the others in similar straits, and their families who love them so.
• United States
10 Mar 10
My roomie's folks had a young neighbor die of cancer and Make a Wish did something, I think take her and her family to Disney World. She was so sweet, I honestly think God might've wanted a new angel and to keep her from following her sisters into sinful lives. I really do feel that she was an innocent soul when I look at the rest of her family, she was like the fairy child in the lot.