It is no lie that wish kid Scott loves to get his heart pumping. Between hobbies like hockey, dirt bike riding, and his current favorite, skiing, Scott has always been an active kid searching for adventure. But at one point, it wasn’t so easy for Scott’s heart to pump at all. He was born with a heart defect and at just two weeks old, he received a heart transplant.
Now 18, Scott defies odds and takes on every opportunity to challenge himself, putting his whole heart into everything he does. So when he was referred to receive a wish, Scott knew he wanted his wish to take him to the peak of happiness – the ski slopes, of course.
Thanks to Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia, Scott, his parents and his two sisters traveled from their home in Wexford, PA, to the picturesque peaks of Jackson Hole, WY. There, they were welcomed to the Snake River Lodge near the Teton Range, which featured luxury amenities for the whole family to enjoy. At the resort, Scott was free to ski as much as he wanted. So naturally, he was the first one on and the last one off the ski lift every day. Each time he reached the top of the mountain, he couldn’t wait to feel the thrill of soaring down the steep, snowy slopes. Thankfully, they had many “bluebird” days, perfect weather for trailing through the mountains.
Because Scott loves a challenge, Make-A-Wish® arranged for him to have a private lesson with the head instructor of the advanced “Steep and Deep” ski camp. The expert guide took him through the ins and outs of the most difficult slopes, some that very few others even knew about. “They took him places you don’t even think you can ski,” Scott’s dad said. After he graduates high school this year, Scott hopes to attend the University of Utah, conveniently located near the mountains so he can continue to practice his passion while pursuing an education.
The best part of the trip, Scott’s dad explained, was that Scott was able to enjoy what he loves while also spending valuable time with family. This trip gave Scott and his loved ones a much needed retreat to find hope on the slopes.