Earlier this month, 18 year old Davis celebrated the one-year anniversary of being diagnosed with stage IV cancer in a way he couldn’t have imagined before. He and his family were sitting in Liverpool, England watching his favorite English Premier League soccer team, Liverpool FC, play to a 3-3 tie with Arsenal. Davis was at first reluctant to accept a wish. His family “would much rather give than receive” and he wanted another child to have a wish in his place. But thanks to the nurses and doctors at UCSF where he was being treated, he was convinced; they told him “this wish is for YOU” and “use your wish!” UCSF is one of the top 3 referring hospitals for local wish children, and every day they treat kids like Davis. In fact over 60% of all referrals to us come from the social workers and child life specialists who help children with life-threatening illnesses cope with their conditions.
Once Davis was convinced to accept his wish, he focused on seeing his favorite team play in person. He and his family made the most of their trip to London too, by visiting Trafalgar Square, Hyde Park, the Tower of London and many other historic sites. And the wish experience has inspired them to give back. “We accepted this gift knowing that we will pay it forward” says his family. They also recently messaged us on Facebook: “He's been so ill this past year and he's so humble that your gift to him has brought him so much joy.” It is through the help of his caregivers at UCSF that Davis was connected to Make-A-Wish, and thanks to them too he was able to celebrate his one-year anniversary of being diagnosed thinking of nothing else but his favorite team beating their opponents.