Born with a genetic condition, 17-year-old Drew has endured more than 50 surgeries and endless hospital stays. He often felt lonely during these extended hospital stays and greatly missed his friends and family.
Because Drew loves spending time with his friends and family, he wished to have an outdoor fire pit in his backyard. His wish, granted two years ago, gave him a space of his own, where he can relax with those close to him and focus on the things he enjoys rather than his struggles.
"It was cool to see the whole experience," said Drew's younger brother, Luke. "I was very happy for my brother." Inspired by the power of his brother's wish, Luke decided to pay it forward through a school fundraising campaign.
Two months ago, Luke's school held a Penny War - a competition to see which classroom could collect the most pennies for charity. When all the coins were counted, the fourth grade classrooms had collected more than $900.
Students had to campaign for which charity would receive the money. Luke stood in front of his class and described how hard it is to see his big brother go through surgeries and hospital stays, and also explained how Make-A-Wish Minnesota gave his brother a wish. After a vote, Luke had successfully campaigned for the money to be donated to Make-A-Wish Minnesota! Later, Luke proudly stood beside his big brother to present a check for $949.71 to Make-A-Wish Minnesota.
Drew was touched by Luke's passion and dedication to give back to the organization that had given him so much joy. "I was surprised that he though to do that and really happy," Drew said in an interview with the Woodbury Bulletin.
Luke's example of all ages can organize fundraisers that will help bring hope, strength and joy to children throughout Minnesota. Whether it's a Penny War or a lemonade stand, our Kids For Wish Kids program gives children the chance to create and work together on projects that make a difference.
Learn more about our Kids For Wish Kids program and help make wishes like Drew's come true by clicking here.