Monday, April 4, 2011

Once a Wish Kid Always a Wish Kid

During this past semester I have had the opportunity to be an Intern at the Make-A-Wish Foundation here in Utah.

My desire to intern at Make-A-Wish is to pay it forward. My cancer journey began when I was 16 years old, I had just started my junior year of high school when I went in to have surgery on my right thigh to remove what doctors believe was a clump of blood vessels. It turned out that it was actually a cancerous tumor instead.

During my first bout with cancer I was able to be a wish kid and have my wish come true (which was to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef). This experience allowed for me to feel like a normal kid for a while. It was a needed escape from my unfortunate reality.

It was this escape that I wanted to pay forward to other kids who are in similar situations that I was in. Every kid deserves the opportunity to be a kid and not have to face the daily grind of being a cancer patient, or dealing with other life threatening diseases.

Little did I know that this internship would provide a way for the people at the Make-A-Wish Foundation to once again brighten my situation during my fight against cancer. Today I went to visit those at the main offices because they said they had a little gift for me.

This is what was waiting for me when I arrived:

Just wanted to publicly thank everyone at Make-A-Wish of Utah for the get well card and huge basket of wonderful goodies! They really did spoil me!

Thank you Make-A-Wish you once again brought a smile to the face of a Wish Kid.


michele said...

What a great organization.
I'm sure the folks there have come to love your charming self and contagious personality...
You are a great ambassador for Make-A-Wish!!

Katherine said...

Snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef? Sounds AWESOME! Keep fighting, Dave!

Trina said...

Your amazing David! A wonderful example to all of us! Your constantly in our thoughts and prayers for a complete and speedy recovery :-)

CandD said...

Dave you brighten our days when you are here!

MVP said...

David Chalk! That basket looks delish! I hope you're able to eat ALL of that and enjoy every bite. You're in my thoughts and prayers, as always. I miss you tons, friend. Good job thus far, keep up the great attitude!