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Dylan's Great Yellowstone Adventure

Dylan at Jenny Lake

“ It was really special to watch his wish unfold. ”


- Dylan's mom

Fourteen-year-old Dylan, from Huntington, W.Va., has had an arduous journey while battling Burkitt’s lymphoma. But when he learned he’d be granted his most heartfelt wish, his wildest adventure had yet to begin. Dylan recently returned home after traveling to Yellowstone National Park.

Dylan enjoying the beauty of the Rocky MountainsWhen Dylan was referred to become a Make-A-Wish® kid, his mind wandered with possibilities. From the time he was a little boy, Dylan was an avid outdoors lover and constantly sought new adventures. His aunt suggested he look into Jackson Hole, Wyo., a major gateway city to tons of tourist attractions. When Dylan read up on all of the sights, he knew that this was the place to be. 

Dylan, his sister, Evan, and his parents set out for a week’s worth of excitement. While in Wyoming, they ventured to the 3,500-sq.-mile wilderness wonder, Yellowstone National Park. Here, they saw the renowned geyser, Old Faithful, and mountain-biked around the lodge for an exciting escapade. Because he did tons of research before embarking on his trip, Dylan was ready to ramble. He spewed off all kinds of fun facts, becoming a personal tourist guide for his family. 

“I know he is a smart kid, but I was surprised by how much he knew, stated Dylan’s mother. “It was amazing!” 

After Dylan’s ventures in the famous recreation area, he and his family had the opportunity to participate in many other outdoor activities − white water rafting being Dylan’s personal favorite. They even indulged in some true country cooking at a chuck wagon tour in Yancy’s Hole. They hitched the wagon, waited for the dinner bell and lined up for some real cowboy grub. 

The most memorable moments of Dylan’s trip came while exploring Teton National Park. He and his family began their adventure as they took a ferry across Jenny Lake. Then, they hiked two miles to Hidden Falls, where they eventually reached the highest peak. Dylan was amazed by the beautiful view of the marvelous mountains and wondrous bodies of water. 

“It was really special to watch his wish unfold because he has gone through so much within the past couple years; it was nice to finally make it up to him,” said Dylan’s mother. 

As they were exploring the beautiful Teton National Park, Dylan noticed a young boy who was a cancer patient, too, and gave his mother a look of complete compassion. 

“I really hope he is okay - and that all sick kids can have their wish come true,” Dylan said. 

Wishes like Dylan’s cannot take shape without one crucial, first step: a wish referral. Be the start of a wish-come-true today by referring a child who is between the ages of 2 ½ and 18 and has a life-threatening medical condition. Click here to refer a child today.

Dylan with family at Yellowstone

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