These days, Brad’s life is consumed with school and his upcoming graduation from the University in Minnesota. Five years ago, life was very different for Brad when his life was forever changed with the diagnosis of cancer.
“I would say the biggest change for me because of my experience with cancer is simply my perspective on life,” Brad said. “I became aware that life is fragile and the reality that we only have one life to live really sank in,” he said.
Brad’s wish to go to Sydney, Australia came true in 2013. He was excited to visit what seemed like the perfect place for a family to escape the challenges on battling cancer. In Australia, he got to feed and pet wallabies, attend a professional rugby match, wandered around downtown, and spent time with the family at the beach.
“It was a trip of a lifetime. An opportunity to go to Sydney with my entire family was absolutely incredible,” Brad said. “For me, it was a great chance to make memories with my family and spend quality time with the people that were by my side throughout treatment.”
According to Brad, Make-A-Wish does exactly what it sets out to do - provide hope, strength and joy to children with life-threatening illnesses. “This organization provides families going through extremely hard circumstances something that few other groups do,” Brad said.
Brad and his family continue to cherish the memories of his wish experience. “We still appreciate the time and the memories we had together as a family,” said Brad’s mom, Gloria. “Our Make-A-Wish trip was a celebration of Brad’s life and everything he went through and has overcome.”
Earlier this year, Brad began an internship at Make-A-Wish Minnesota. He is busy working with staff gearing up for The Wish Ball next month. “Seeing what goes on behind the scenes has been a blast and I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to give back a bit to an organization that has a big impact on my life,” Brad said.
College graduation is set for this May. With a future filled with endless possibilities, Brad can't wait to experience the next chapter in his life.