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Finding the Future in the Past


July 14, 2013



(Fargo, ND)- June 25, 2013– Choosing a college, selecting a career path and leaving the comforts of home are only a few of the challenges high school graduates struggle with. Recent graduate, Jon Haskins of Minot, is handling all those adjustments, as well as coping with the challenges that accompany Chron’s disease. Diagnosed 6 years ago Jon has been resistant to standard treatments and continues to be exacerbated by this disease. Due to his condition Jon has been in and out of the hospital numerous times and was even forced to cancel a previous wish trip due to his poor state of health.

Despite all he has gone through, Jon is ready to start the next chapter of his life. An ambitious and friendly young man, Jon dreams of having a future profession based in the past, the historical past. With aspirations of becoming a history teacher and having always been a fan of history and architecture, Jon knew Washington D.C. was the perfect place for his wish trip. 

Excited to experience the birthplace of our great nation, Jon and his family selected the perfect time to visit Washington D.C., right after the 4th of July! Still buzzing with Independence Day celebrations Washington D.C. will be abundant with festivities when the Haskins arrive July 5th.  During their visit Jon and his parents will explore the city, enjoy the historical culture and admire its prestigious architecture. With so many attractions to visit, Jon has a variety of options. Some sites he expressed interest in seeing to Make-A-Wish® include; the Smithsonian Museums, the Lincoln Memorial, the National Mall, the Washington Monument, and the World War II Memorial.

A special thank you to American Casing and Equipment, Inc., who adopted Jon’s wish.

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Make-A-Wish® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.  Since its inception in 1985, the North Dakota chapter has granted over 645 wishes to children across the state, at an average cost of $6,000 per wish. For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Dakota, please call (701) 280-9474, or visit the Web site at

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Fargo, ND  58104

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