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Dylan Explores A Volcano

Wish Child Dylan

“ The best part was seeing the complete joy in my son's face. ”


- Dylan's Dad

Dylan is from the western Illinois town of Geneseo. Like many 7-year-olds he loves dinosaurs, volcanoes, and trucks. He was diagnosed with lymphoid leukemia, a type of cancer that starts from the white blood cells, but this adventurous boy has not let cancer dampen his spirit. After being referred to Make-A-Wish® Illinois Dylan wished to travel to Hawaii to see a real volcano.

Dylan's helicopter rideA few months ago Dylan's wish came true. He his parents and older sister Jenseny enjoyed an action packed adventure in Hawaii where they were able to see a volcano, take a ride in a helicopter and eat in style at a traditional Hawaiian luau. This trip gave the family a break from their routine and allowed them to spend some much needed time together. Dylan was able to wash his hand of cancer and “bury” it in Hawaii. He says that now the cancer is too far away and won’t come back, he has put it behind him.

Recently Dylan celebrated his seventh birthday with a luau party. The memories of his Hawaiian adventure continue to put a smile on his face.

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  • “Perhaps it was coincidence that from the time of the wish reveal until the trip, her health improved dramatically, and that the blood counts we were watching had stabilized, but I'd like to think not. Knowing that her magical wish was coming gave her new stores of energy and joy that we didn't think possible." #hopeismedicine

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