In honor of our 35th Anniversary in 2019, we will be focusing on some of the more than 8,600 wishes we have granted in our history. Here is an update on a wish we granted back in 2015.
When, at age 17, Jacob wished to attend the Skip Barber Racing School, an elite race car driving school, his family was told that it was one of the most unique wish requests they’d ever received.
Jacob’s mother, Arabella, says that Jacob’s wish was incredibly valuable to him at a time in his life when he was struggling. While undergoing treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, Jacob’s immune system was compromised, and he was unable to attend school, couldn’t go out freely, and was feeling quite isolated from his friends and normal teen life.
Jacob looks back on his wish experience at the racing school very fondly. In the past four years, he and his father have actually returned to the school twice. Jacob enjoyed those experience as a valuable opportunity to connect with his dad on a deeper level. “It was some of the best one-on-one time I’ve ever had with my dad,” he says.
Today, Jacob is a freshman in college who works a full-time job and has even started his own small business teaching kids how to play guitar. He also takes time out of his busy schedule to make regular visits to the hospital where he was treated in order to chat with some of the older kids on-site.
Jacob remembers first-hand how difficult and isolating the hospital experience can be, and he hopes his visits can help ease some of the patients’ fears. He has donated two X-Boxes to the pediatric oncology department and hopes they offer a fun distraction, even if only for a little while.
“Having a wish helps [kids] realize they are special,” Arabella says of the power of Make-A-Wish. “Not to mention it’s a great way to help ease what is truly a depressing period of time.”
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