In a matter of days, Nick went from playing hockey, riding bikes and fishing to lying in a hospital bed battling leukemia. His life was now consumed with treatments, chemo and surgeries. However, Nick was able to set aside his challenges of living with a life-threatening medical condition when his wish came true.
On a cold winter day, Nick, an avid snowmobile fan, thought he was visiting Canterbury Park for a sneak peek at the upcoming National Snocross event. Little did he know, with the help of Make-A-Wish Minnesota, Arctic Cat, eight-time National Snocross champion Tucker Hibbert and Canterbury Park, Nick’s wish for a snowmobile was coming true!
Nick wasted little time checking out his brand-new 2015 Arctic Cat ZR 6000 Tucker Hibbert snowmobile. Before long, he threw a leg over his new snowmobile and broke it in on the national snocross track alongside Tucker.
“It is great to be able to for Nick to have his own snowmobile. It is something of his own that he can go out and ride on and forget about being in the hospital and treatments,” said Todd and Lisa, Nick’s parents. “A wish helps kids feel like a normal kid again. It brings joy to the whole family giving them a great memory of the experience,” said his parents. According to his mom, Nick’s wish will also help sustain him during treatments in the coming months.
Nick said it all with five simple words: this is the best day.
A special thank you to Arctic Cat for helping grant Nick’s wish; Tucker Hibbert, AMSOIL Championship Snocross and Canterbury Park for helping make Nick’s wish day awesome.
Photo Credit: John Hanson