Jared from Woodbridge, VA, has always had a taste for adventure. Although Jared enjoys playing basketball, drawing and hanging out with his friends in his free time, he continues to harbor a passion for travel. When Jared was diagnosed with cancer, his adventurous spirit became limited due to constant trips to the hospital for doctor appointments and chemotherapy treatments. Upon learning he would be receiving a wish from Make-A-Wish®
Mid-Atlantic, Jared wished to go to Finland to see the Northern Lights!
Jared couldn’t wait to enjoy traveling again after a tough battle with cancer. When the time for his wish trip arrived, he could barely contain his excitement! He was looking forward to going dog sledding, checking out an igloo and, of course, seeing the Northern Lights. Jared’s wish trip was even more than he had hoped. Upon returning to Virginia, Jared shared, “My trip was absolutely amazing! I got some great pictures and even better memories. I can’t stop thinking about the food there. But the last night at the ice igloo, I saw the Northern Lights, and it was incredible!”
Jared’s wish allowed him to focus on something positive in the midst of an ongoing battle with cancer, as well as providing both he and his mom with cherished memories. Granting wishes like Jared’s enriches the human experience with hope, strength and joy.