Austin, from Elkridge, Maryland, loves baseball. During treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, when he was 13, Austin wished for something fun to do. What he wanted more than anything was to travel out-of-town to see the Baltimore Orioles play the Detroit Tigers. He has family in Detroit and they had been so supportive all throughout his illness. Austin’s wish was granted by Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic.
On departure day, Austin, his Mom, Dad and two younger brothers were picked up by a limousine for the trip to the airport. Another limousine took them from their hotel to the game. Austin said the "best of all was getting to meet the players and play catch with Nick Markakis, my favorite player." Markakis gave him a bat and many players autographed a ball for Austin.
Austin and his immediate family had seats right behind home plate "where the players' families sit!" "It was so exciting because the Orioles won against Detroit's best pitcher!" And spending time with the Detroit relatives was a real bonus!
While in Detroit, the family went to American Coney Island Restaurant. They wore their Make-A-Wish buttons, and the restaurant was great to them! As Austin's Mom said, "They talked with us and joked with us. It made it special!"
Austin has now turned 14 and is cancer-free, but he will never forget his wish trip. It was a great time for the whole family.