Kane is a laid back kid from the southern Illinois town of Trenton. An outdoorsy teen, he enjoys watching sports and fishing.
In September of 2011, when he was just 17, Kane was diagnosed with T-Cell Acute Lymphatic Lymphoma.
Kane’s love of the outdoors, nature and fishing, made wishing to go to Alaska the perfect choice. His number one request was to experience an Alaskan fishing excursion. Make-A-Wish Illinois, working with Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington arranged a trip that would hit on all of his interests, arranging for fishing and other outdoor activities you don't often find in central Illinois.
His first fishing trip was day-long chartered fishing excursion. They started in the bay and then headed out into the ocean. During this particular trip Kane fished for Haddock, Salmon and Lock Fish. He caught a fish that was almost as big as him! Another day, he enjoyed another fishing trip in a row boat on the tranquil Kenai River.
In addition to fishing, Kane and his family visited the famous Iditarod Dog Training facility, where they were given a tour of the grounds, and got on a sled and experienced how it feels to be pulled by these amazingly strong and smart dogs. Another part of the wish that Kane was enamored by was the Kenai Fjords tour. The family saw much of Alaska’s natural wild life and beautiful glacial structures in the Alaskan Sea.
Kane will not soon forget the week he and his family spent in the beautiful Alaskan outdoors or the unique experiences they shared together. Kane’s mother Monique described the scenery as absolutely breath taking and with a quiver in her voice explained that “it was so nice to see a smile on my kids face.” The wish allowed Kane to engage in normal everyday activities on vacation with his family, while reliving his fishing team days, if even for a short time.