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James makes the “best buys” of the day!

  • Shaka! James was helped by some awesome Best Buy staff!

  • James and his family with all his new gadgets!

  • James with his family and the fun Best Buy staff who were a part of his wish.

  • James and his sister pose with Mike and Sully in the Make-A-Wish Hawaii office.

“ Wow! This is awesome! ”


- James

Like most kids his age, James has a tremendous love for video games. But unlike most kids, he doesn't just play for the fun of it, he plays to escape - escape from regular trips to the hospital for cancer treatments.

Ten-year-old James was in tech heaven when Make-A-Wish Hawaii granted his most heartfelt wish to have a Best Buy shopping spree! The Oahu boy, who is battling a rare tumor, has a tremendous love for video games. Now, instead of fixating on his everyday struggles, James can escape through his imagination, immersing himself in the world of fantasy gaming. 

With the support of Best Buy Pearl Ridge, Make-A-Wish Hawaii was able to make James’ shopping spree an experience to remember! The spree started off with a warm welcome from Best Buy staff who personally greeted James and his family at the electronic superstore. The entire Best Buy team got in on the fun,  but the Geek Squad was the leading force behind the magic. 

With a sweet smile on his face, James roamed through the store with the Geek Squad guiding him. He filled his cart with all the latest in gaming and accessories! For every turn he took, there was a new surprise waiting for him –from video games to a flat screen TV, each gift gave him even more reason to fine-tune his gaming skills. 

James’ Dad, another gamer, shared his son’s excitement as he watched James receive all the gaming gear he always dreamed of owning. The pair couldn’t wait to get home to begin some friendly gaming competition – James was sure to teach his Dad a thing or two as he now had all the right equipment to complement his natural skill. 

After hours spent at Best Buy, James and his family were treated to a much-needed lunch, during which the family discussed all of James’ exciting new rewards! The day wasn’t just about buying games, it was about creating precious memories to reflect upon for years to come, memories shared  by James, his family, volunteers and the incredible staff at Best Buy Pearl Ridge!   

Special Thanks: Best BuyPearl Ridge,wish granters Cherise Antoque-Tilton, Wilma M. Mallory, Antonet Barut, Saada Oualett Ibrahim and Candis Cornell. 

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