In 2014, Quinn was 12 years old and had just had surgery related to his life-threatening seizure disorder when Make-A-Wish was introduced to his life. At that point, Quinn had lived with seizures for more than five years and brain surgery was a scary step in his overall treatment.
“Never in a million years did we think we’d ever have a boat!”
The Make-A-Wish volunteers working with Quinn really got to know him and learn about the things he liked and helped him to discover his heartfelt wish – a pontoon boat. Working with Make-A-Wish staff and the community, Quinn’s volunteers arranged a memorable wish reveal in an event that was a true outpouring of love, showing the family how many people truly cared about them.
Throughout the wish journey Quinn and his family got to know many people, several of whom they still call friends today. Quinn looks forward to launching his boat each spring with help from Munson Marine, the company that helped him design his dream boat and now also friends of Quinn’s family.
Every day they get out on the boat, it is like a vacation for Quinn’s family.
“Before Quinn’s wish came true, we would rent a boat one time each summer just to get out on the water for a day and enjoy fishing, swimming, and spending family time together as a family,” Erin shared. “Now we have this gift that we can go use anytime.”
“That’s what Make-A-Wish is about, making the impossible become a reality.”
Quinn’s wish has had a lasting impact and the family had decided to wish it forward. The family business, Bulldogs Grill in Wauconda is currently running a fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Illinois, donating 5% of sales until May 16, 2020 to the organization.
Not only were they inspired by Quinn’s wish, but also by Munson Marine, another local business owned by a wish alumni family.
Now finishing his junior year of high school, Quinn enjoys video games and many things typical of teens his age and has plans to spend as much of his summer fishing as he can.
“Every spring when the boat travels from Munson Marine’s storage to be put on the lake for the summer we are all reminded how lucky we are to have this amazing gift, but most of all that Quinn is happy and healthy and can do something that he loves doing,” Erin said.