The first sign became clear when Aaron was three years old. His mom, Ingrid, realized he wasn’t growing as he should. After seeing a doctor and undergoing a variety of tests, Aaron eventually was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy. “I didn’t even know what it was,” said Ingrid. “I had no idea how I was going to explain Aaron’s test results to his 11-year-old sister.”
Although he kept a positive attitude over the next five years, Aaron began having difficulty walking and was unable to play with kids at school. He now regularly attends physical therapy to slow down the deterioration of his muscles.
When Aaron discovered he would receive a wish from Make-A-Wish® Minnesota, he immediately knew what he would wish for: to go to modeling training in Los Angeles, because he loves fashion and dressing up.
He even hopes to be a model one day. “I want to prove to people that even though I have a disability, and may not walk normally, I’m still able to do it,” Aaron said.
In December 2016, Aaron was the featured wish kid as Make-A-Wish Minnesota celebrated National Believe Day at Macy’s in the Mall of America®. He joined three other models for a winter fashion show and practiced his runway strut to get ready for his wish to go to modeling training.
Aaron’s wish came true in January. He flew to Los Angeles with his mom and sister and was thrilled when he finally arrived at his training. He got to try a variety of new fashions, learned how to pose and mastered his runway walk.
Ingrid will always remember the joy she felt when she saw Aaron walk the runway. “He had so much confidence and wasn’t afraid to fall,” she said.
As for Aaron? “I will always cherish the memories I made during my wish,” he said. “It was the best day of my life!”
Every year, Make-A-Wish Minnesota needs more than 75 million airline miles to grant wishes to Minnesota children. Help make wishes like Aaron’s come true with a gift of your unused airline miles or Sun Country Airlines Ufly Rewards points. Once donated, your miles never expire. Donate today!