The sun is shining bright. David’s imagination is running wild. His excitement builds as he boards the double-decked zoo bus at the San Diego Zoo. What will he see? Who will he meet? This exciting moment is one that three-year-old David and his family have been looking forward to for months. His wish day is here!
Diagnosed with Wilms’ tumor a few months after his first birthday, David has been battling cancer for most of his young life. Even during the darkest of times, David keeps his spirits high by imagining all of his favorite animals.
David’s love for animals inspired his wish to go to the San Diego Zoo. At the zoo, David and his family hiked all over exploring the vast zoo grounds to see as many animals as they could. He was most excited to see jaguars and hippos! David and his family also enjoyed a day at the San Diego beach soaking up the sun and sand.
David’s wish to go the San Diego Zoo is exactly what he and his family needed. It provided them with excitement, relaxation and the chance to celebrate David’s journey back to health. “It was so amazing. We were thrilled that David could have this special trip. It thrilled him like you wouldn’t believe,” said his mom, Lisa. “It was a time for us to “celebrate” that the treatments were done. It was a time for our family to be together with no worries,” Lisa said.
David and his family participated in the 2015 Walk For Wishes. “We are participating in the walk because we are so thankful for what Make-A-Wish did for our son David,” Lisa said. “The wish he received brought so much joy to him and gave him so many amazing memories. It is our family’s way to ‘pay it forward’. All children who have to deal with life threatening illnesses/diseases deserve a wish to remember."
Powered by wish families, volunteers, donors, and friends, Walk For Wishes is a spirited event that gives you the choice to participate in either the 5K walk, 5K run or 5-mile bike tour! This Make-A-Wish® fundraising event celebrates the thousands of wishes that have already been granted, while raising funds for future wishes. By participating in Walk For Wishes, you can help bring the life-changing impact of a wish to children in our community battling life-threatening medical conditions.