In August of 2015, Alex and his family took the trip of a lifetime to fulfill his wish of playing golf in St. Andrews, Scotland. Having been a fan of golf since he was young, Alex was excited to go to the birthplace of golf and play on the first ever golf course.
“It was a no brainer,” he said of his wish choice.
While being treated for a life-threatening hematologic disorder at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, a social worker referred Alex to Make-A-Wish. This Crystal Lake teen was eager to explore the storied courses he had only read about, and he was not disappointed. Alex was amazed by the beauty along the water, in and around the town, and on and off the golf course. Known as “The Home of Golf,” where the game originated during the 15th century, the course is set on a 520-acre coastal estate, stretching for miles of breathtaking green landscape along the magnificent blue waters of the North Sea. On Alex’s wish trip, he became a part of St. Andrews’ history, leaving his mark with his family in the very place that every great golf champion has left theirs.
“I am grateful for what Make-A-Wish has done for me and my family, helping us out in one of the lowest times in all of our lives. It gave us something to forget about the sad things.”
Now 21 years old and cancer free, Alex plays golf twice a week during the summer months. He still talks about his wish to anyone who is interested in listening because he hopes to share how Make-A-Wish has positively affected his life. In fact, he served as a wish ambassador at the 2016 Make-A-Wish Illinois Golf Outing at Skokie Country Club in Glencoe, sharing his experience with the dozens of golfers on the links that day.
His advice for children and teens who qualify for a wish: “Pick a wish that is a once in a lifetime opportunity, something that can never be replicated, so you have something special that is always one of the happiest moments of your life whenever you’re thinking about the dark times of your life.”