Wyatt is a fun loving, family focused, detail oriented and active teenager with an interest in history who typically keeps busy by playing basketball, running track, and playing videogames. A 15-year-old high school student, Wyatt lives with his family in Stewardson, a town in south central Illinois.
Earlier this year, Wyatt was diagnosed with cancer and began treatment at Mercy Children’s and Cancer Hematology in St. Louis. Through a social worker, he was introduced to Make-A-Wish and his wish experience began.
Wyatt’s interest in learning about historical events inspired his wish to go visit Pearl Harbor. Make-A-Wish arranged for Wyatt and his family to visit Honolulu, Hawaii in September for a week-long adventure. During his wish trip, Wyatt saw the ocean for the first time and enjoyed sport fishing and visiting Pearl Harbor. Wyatt said the trip went beyond his expectations.
“Visiting Pearl Harbor was a dream come true and the private tours gave me an opportunity to ask questions and learn about what happened during that time in history,” Wyatt said.
He was especially touched by meeting Sterling Cale, a survivor of the Pearl Harbor attack originally from Illinois. He also liked touring the USS Bowfish Submarine, something he will remember always.
Each day of Wyatt’s wish trip unfolded in a spectacular and memorable way. On the day he went fishing, the captain told him to set his expectation low in regards to catching any fish. That changed quickly when Wyatt hooked a 200 pound fish. It took 40 minutes and lots of manpower to reel it in.
The hotel overlooked the ocean and Wyatt was in awe of what he saw daily. The fresh ocean air was exhilarating. According to Wyatt’s mom, the wish was perfect in every way.
His parents kept hearing him say over and over again, “this is so awesome.” He said it about the sunset, the fishing, everything at Pearl Harbor, playing on the beach, watching surfers and actually surfing himself.