"I wish to go to Hawaii to see Pearl Harbor.”
With that simple phrase, Jared shared his heartfelt wish with his Make-A-Wish volunteers. And on World Wish Day, which was April 29, thanks to some wonderful Make-A-Wish partners, Jared learned in a big way that his wish is happening -- in two short weeks.
Hawaiian dancers revealed that he and his family will attend a special luau, where Jared will learn to hula. Presented with everything a surfer would need, Jared was excited to learn that he will also spend a day receiving individualized surfing lessons.
With a long family history of military service, Jared has always been intrigued by World War II and believes that a relative of his may have been on the USS Missouri. In a touching ceremony where Jared was made a "Marine for the Day,” he learned from local Marine Reservists that he can continue his research first-hand, with tours and one-on-one discussions with survivors of Pearl Harbor. As part of the send-off, the Marines of Truck Company, 25th Marine Regiment, Erie, PA, made Jared a Marine for the Day.
The event raised $20,000 for Make-A-Wish and raised 44,000 air miles.
Jared is one of more than 700 children who will have their wishes granted by Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia this year. You can help wishes comes true for children like Jared by making an online gift today. Simply click here to make your tax-deductible gift.
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