We recently published a story that looks back on Alexander's wish. And this update from his mother, Lisa, really shows us what a wish means for the mother of a wish kid who is nearly 15 years removed from his wish … and what seems like a lifetime removed from a life-threatening medical condition.
Alexander graduated this weekend from Central Washington University with his BS in environmental science with a GIS (Geographical Information System) certification. It has been 17 years of uphill climbing from kindergarten to college graduation, every step sprinkled with challenges and needing a steady effort to reach his goal. When he was 5 years old, we feared he might not live long enough to graduate from high school much less make it all the way through college. He is certainly grown up to be a young man with life experiences beyond his years.
Thank you and Make-A-Wish for helping inspire and support his dreams, an intangible wonderful energy that contributes to perseverance of his goals! His thinks of his wish often and is so special to who he has become.
We have always thought it would be very special for Alexander to be able to take a trip back to Panama to visit the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and we are entertaining planning a trip for him to do so. Not sure how we can coordinate it ... but that would be an awesome graduation trip/gift. I am a bit nervous about having him travel so far alone, but he is 22 now, after all.
We also received another update from Lisa - including news that he was able to receive the graduation she imagined:
He is living his dream on Barro Colorado Island in Panama doing research with the entomologist who was a big part of his wish. He also met with a Make-A-Wish Panama boy shortly after he arrived in Panama to help with his wish experience. Quite the ambassador.
Here’s what I hope you’ll remember about Alex’s wish: It came true because we have volunteers and donors. People like you offered what they could give – time, a cash gift, maybe frequent flier miles. They found some way to grant wishes because they realized something great could come of it. I think we can all recognize how important Alexander’s wish was to his life … and that all happens because of the people who step forward to help.