“He’ll probably be too shy and overwhelmed to come up and say anything, but he will be SO excited,” shared Rachael, wish kid Riley’s mom, prior to his wish reveal at a local community center movie night.
When the time came that summer evening and it was announced that Riley’s wish to go to iD Tech camp would be coming true in a few short weeks, to everyone’s surprise, he immediately stood up and approached the microphone.
“Words cannot describe how thankful I am, and how much of a difference you’ve made in my life,“ exclaimed Riley.
15-year-old Riley has been battling Synovial cell sarcoma. He’s been through multiple surgeries and intense treatments that have taken a toll on his body. Playing video games, drawing characters, and thinking of how he can incorporate his favorite activities into his wish experience have kept Riley’s spirits up through his medical journey.
Every hour of every day, more and more kids like Riley are diagnosed with a critical illness. It takes donors, sponsors, volunteers and community supporters to make each wish come true. We don’t have a magic wand, we need you!
And thanks to our friends at iD Tech, Riley attended iD Game & Design Development Academy held at Harvard University. While at camp, he met industry professionals and learned from current college students about the latest in their fields of study. Riley also developed a portfolio that will serve him well in pursuing his dream to work in the gaming industry.
“Once you get the hang of the software, you can make some really amazing things… I learned so much, and the instructors were so amazing,” said Riley.
He even met the CEO of iD Tech, Pete Ingram-Cauchi, who shared, “I got to see the game he was creating firsthand. He was engaged, personable, and had made several friends. Riley’s Wish was to attend our Academy. Not to go to Disney or to Universal Studios. He chose us. I am speechless and thankful.”
Because of donor and community support, we were able to fly Riley’s family to meet him in Boston when his time at camp was over, something that was important to Riley and the heart of his wish. He and his family spent the weekend together celebrating the week’s accomplishments, laughing, and creating memories they’ll hold onto as Riley’s medical journey continues. His wish is an important part of his medical journey, as a study from Israel found that a Make-A-Wish experience led to increased emotional and physical health. We are happy to share that right now, Riley is without active disease!
“Thank you for giving him hope,” said Rachael, Riley’s mom.
Riley’s wish empowered him to do things he never thought possible, and it took a community of caring people to make it happen. Support from community members like you make wishes like Riley’s come true.
When you give to Make-A-Wish, you give kids like Riley a fighting chance against their illnesses. Your support creates life-changing experiences for children and families in your community.
Donate today and together, we can…
- Empower wish kids to think beyond their illnesses, and dream big.
- Give hope to kids and families when all hope seems lost.
- Reopen the door to joy and laughter as a family.