When a family learns their child has a serious condition like lymphoma, their whole world comes to a stop. Their schedule is consumed with hours at the hospital, and checkup after checkup. For 17-year-old Micah’s family, it was no different.
Both his mom and dad quit their jobs to be with their son and support him throughout this terrifying journey. For the five months that Micah was away from his home on Maui, receiving treatment at Kapiolani Medical Center, his parents were there to comfort him; being the warmth he needed during a time of constant worry and fear. The doctors, nurses and social workers were also there to support him, but he found the most comfort in family. Little did he know that a new family would soon make an everlasting impact on their lives.
Wish granters Seth Brink and Jennifer Buck met with Micah to get to the heart of his wish. Micah wanted to go to Dubai, the country known for its wealth and the tallest building in the world. The adventures in Dubai were unforgettable; from riding on ATVs down sand dunes, riding a camel and visiting the Burj Khalifa, Micah, his mom, dad and brother had an absolutely thrilling experience.
After returning home, Ben, Micah’s dad, expressed deep appreciation to everyone who made his wish possible for giving them this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, saying, “Because of this wish, Micah realizes that the world has so much to offer in terms of culture and diversity. He has come to appreciate life even more and is more grateful for what he has here at home.”
This experience reaffirmed a very important belief for the family; that people are inherently good and that he doesn’t have to take on life’s challenges alone. Family or not, people do care. “It is good to know during a battle, when people tell you that they are there for you, they are really battling with you,” said Ben. And that’s exactly what a wish brings; a partner during a battle, one that provides support and instills strength through the power of hope.