Ryan was a senior at his high school in Clarksville, Maryland getting ready for college but was diagnosed with cancer. A bright spot during this hard time was finding out he was eligible for a wish by the Make-A-Wish Foundation®. Not giving up his chance to go to college, Ryan didn’t ask for the typical teenage wish to meet an athlete or go on an exotic vacation, instead, he wished for an ultimate shopping spree to get ready for college.
Ryan’s shopping spree began when he was picked up by a limousine at school and taken to Towson Town Center. He began his shopping spree at Macy’s where an entourage of people were waiting for him, including a personal shopper. They gave him a basket full of his favorite things including Baltimore Ravens gear which is his favorite team. “Believe it or not he’s smiling, but he needs this,” Ryan’s father, Gregory, said while his son shopped. “I think sometimes when you’ve been sick like this, you feel alone and you’re isolated.”
Later in the day, Ryan and his family ate lunch at T.G.I. Friday’s, where he was given a delicious meal and a Ravens’ football jersey which is Ryan’s favorite team. After lunch, the group took the limousine to Best Buy so Ryan could buy a computer for college. Ryan said that his wish experience was more elaborate than he’d expected. “It was a very nice day,” he said, “Everyone treated me very nicely.” Ryan is all set for college now and plans to major in biology in college so he can become a physician’s assistant.
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