Harrison loves Harry Potter because, “for him, Harry embodies the ideal hero, overcoming adversity and rising to meet every challenge,” says his mom, Annelise. The books and movies helped him through, “many a dark time,” she says, because Harrison was born with a kidney condition. Following more than a year of dialysis and many surgeries, Harrison received a kidney transplant. He now takes anti-rejection drugs and has monthly blood tests to check his kidney function.
Naturally, Harrison’s wish is to be a wizard—to go to England to visit the Harry Potter movie sets, visit “Hogwarts,” and maybe even learn some magic. His wish will not only allow him to immerse himself in the Harry Potter fantasy, but it will also enable him to see behind the scenes of movie magic. A talented dancer and singer who enjoys performing in school plays, Harrison is also interested in filmmaking and set design, and his wish will combine these elements with his love of Harry Potter.
To bring some real life magic to Harrison’s wish reveal, his superstar volunteer wish grantors, Michelle, Sean and Alicia, delivered a letter inviting Harrison to Hogwarts, with Sean dressed up as Hagrid!
The reveal left Harrison speechless and his mom says she still tears up when she sees the video. Our Young Professional Advisory Council (YPAC) also played a role in making Harrison’s wish come true. They organized a fundraising event that included a chance to help adopt Harrison’s wish. Their efforts were so successful that 300 people attended the event and raised more than $11,000 to adopt Harrison’s wish!
“This wish has come at a time when our family really needed something to look forward to” says Annelise, especially since it comes on the heels of Harrison’s grandfather passing away and his grandmother in the final stages of cancer. Says his mom, “We are beyond grateful to everyone at Make-A-Wish for giving Harrison a chance to dream big!”