George is exactly as you’d imagine a third-grade boy to be—he loves video games, outdoor adventures, delivering encoded messages via walkie talkies with friends, and especially enjoys catching frogs when it rains. He is doing well in school, loves spending time with his siblings, and has even joined Boy Scouts of America®. George is a happy and active young boy; however, only a year prior, his life looked very different than today.
George was referred to Make-A-Wish® Utah when he was seven years old; just as he was finishing up treatments for Wilm’s tumor. His condition caused him to miss nearly all of second grade as he underwent cancer treatments and recovery, and around three months into his treatment, George’s doctors removed a football-sized tumor from his abdomen. When he was presented with the opportunity to make a wish, George knew he wanted a little fun and relaxation, and he wished to visit his favorite theme parks with his family.
George finished his cancer treatments right before leaving for his trip. The flight to Florida was his first time to ever ride in an airplane, which was an adventure in itself. He was thrilled to get to spend an entire week on vacation and especially enjoyed building his own light saber at the Star Wars® section of the theme park. His mom said that George liked feeling “in charge” for the week and that his wish made him feel like a king for the day, all week long.
At the park, George and his family met kids with similar medical conditions to George, and while they sympathized with those still undergoing treatments, it made them all the more grateful for George’s health. “He just felt so special the entire time,” Mom said. “The whole thing was so memorable and such a big deal to our family.”