Wish kid Andi has the heart of a warrior. After learning she could never join the armed forces due to her battle with cystic fibrosis, she wished to be a U.S. Navy SEAL for a day.
“She has her one wish and it’s truly an honor that she would request to come and train with NSW (Naval Special Warfare) for a day and spend her time seeing what we do and hanging out with us,” said a Navy SEAL.
On the day her wish came true, Andi trained alongside active SEALs in San Diego, conquering a 40-foot wall and parallel bars as well as other physically challenging obstacles.
“I think she also proved to herself that she is capable and capable of so much,” said Andi’s mother.
For Andi, her wish was personal. Her older sister is in the U.S. Air Force and her grandfather was a Marine. She said they were with her in spirit as she completed every task asked of her during her day of training.
"I wanted to be a SEAL to be a tribute to my grandfather,” reflected Andi. “I look at them and see they’re putting their lives out on the line every single day and I just admire that about them and I truly wish I could live up to what they do.”
So impressed with her courage, Andi was named the first female honorary Navy SEAL during her wish. Her mother said Andi left with a renewed sense of confidence.
“Even though this was the hardest possible thing probably that I could pick, I still went at it head-on and I said 'We're going to do this no matter what,'" reflected Andi.
After her wish, Andi has been inspired to pursue a career where she can partner with the Navy in some way, potentially as a photographer. We know she’ll accomplish anything she wants to do!