Seventeen-year-old Chance has dreamed of visiting Germany for as long as he can remember. Between German classes, a German tutor and his dad’s stories of living and working in Germany, Chance’s affinity for the culture comes as no surprise. After Chance was diagnosed with leukemia, he immersed himself in learning about German culture as an outlet from the stresses of battling cancer. When Chance learned Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic would be granting his one true wish to go to Germany, he was thrilled. He could not wait to begin his adventure!
For a whole week, Chance and his family explored different parts of Germany. Beginning in Stuttgart, Chance and his family toured the Mercedes-Benz Museum and Killesberg Hill Park. Their next stop was Tubingen, where they walked down cobblestone streets to visit the historical Hohentubingen Castle, the open-aired market of Marketplatz and the Stocherkahn River, where they enjoyed a traditional boat ride. The next day, Chance and his family tackled Heidelberg, where they traversed a large mountain by tram to enjoy the panoramic views at the top. Later, they visited Heidelberg Castle, the Old City, Neuenheim and even drove on the Autobahn -- a road with no speed limits! Their next adventure to Triberg was just as memorable. There, they walked through the famous black forest, fed squirrels by hand and tried some renowned black forest cherry cake. During their final day, Chance and his family visited Blautopf pond and the Markthalle, and they ate dinner at their favorite restaurant, the Linden.
“Giving Chance a wish to hold onto helped him get through those darn difficult days of treatment,” shared Chance’s mom. A wish like Chance’s can give a child hope when they need it most.