MINOT, N.D.-- Mason is an 8-year-old boy who knows what he wants. He definitely doesn’t want to be spending his childhood fighting leukemia but unfortunately that’s his reality. However, he was given control by his Make-A-Wish North Dakota wish granting volunteers, Brenda and Dawn, when they asked him what he would wish for. There was no hesitation for the Minot native who immediately said he wanted to go to Universal Studios in Florida. Why? Well, because he “thinks about it all the time,” he explained.
Tomorrow, September 19th, Mason will be surprised by his wish granters who will be revealing to him that his wish is coming true next week. Mason and his family will arrive at Berry Acres in Minot where friends and more family will be waiting to share the exciting news. They will then all celebrate with donated admission for mini golf and other fun activities at Berry Acres. Dickey’s BBQ will also be catering since barbecued ribs are one of Mason’s favorites.
Then on Tuesday, September 25th Mason and his family will be off to Florida for a week of fun and memories. They will be staying at Give Kids The World Village® and will get the chance to visit the Disney parks, SeaWorld and of course, Universal Studios.
This trip is only possible because the Child Life Specialist Manager at the hospital he doctors at took the time to refer him for a wish. A common misconception is that Make-A-Wish only serves terminal children and that is not the case. While that may have been true immediately after the organization’s founding in 1980, the eligibility criteria expanded to allow doctors to use the wish as an important part of the medical treatment and healing process. Many children who have their wishes fulfilled have overcome or are on their way to overcoming their medical conditions. Children can be referred by medical professionals, parents/guardians, the child him/herself or a close family member. To learn more about the referral process visit http://northdakota.wish.org/refer-a-child.
Make-A-Wish creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Since its inception in 1985, Make-A-Wish North Dakota has granted over 880 wishes to children across the state.