Wish kid Shane loves sports and plays lacrosse with a passion, always wearing number 18 on his back. Shane is also living with cancer. Diagnosed in January 2016, Shane has fought through 55 rounds of chemo, 33 rounds of radiation, 10 surgeries and a stem cell transplant, and was temporarily sidelined from the sport he loves so much. When given the opportunity for a wish, Shane didn’t hesitate: he wished to go to the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships.
Many of our wish kids are living with cancer and, like Shane, many of them find themselves unable to participate in the activities they love. This is why wishes are so important—they offer a beacon of hope that lets kids and their families imagine life without medical procedures, chemotherapy or radiation.
Shane and his family say they were completely overwhelmed by the wish experience, which surpassed all their expectations. “The whole trip was just amazing. It was a dream come true.” This September we encourage parents and medical professionals to refer a child fighting cancer for a life-changing wish.