Seven-year-old Tristan, diagnosed with neuroblastoma, had one simple wish - a Harry Potter train set that he had been asking his parents for the last three years, but was never able to receive. Make-A-Wish® wanted to make sure that Tristan's wish was very special, so they went to work with GE Transportation to arrange for Tristan to become a conductor for a day.
Tristan's wish day started with a gift from his volunteers -- a Harry Potter costume, so he could feel just like Harry as he rode the locomotive. Then came a tour of the facility where they make the locomotives. Within 5 minutes, Tristan was asking when he could actually drive the train!
After a tour of the facility where they make the trains, Tristan headed to the test track where he would become a conductor. Tristan sat on the conductor's lap and was at the controls of the train. He corresponded with the conductor in the locomotive behind his, telling him when he was ready to go forward, backward or brake, which he did often. As soon as the train started, Tristan shouted, "This is SO cool!" His smile grew wider and wider. But after the second round trip on this three-mile track, Tristan was getting anxious for his real wish -- his Harry Potter train set.
The look of joy and disbelief on Tristan's face said it all -- the train set was perfect. He could not wait to get home to set it up. But that would have to wait. The next morning, Tristan and his mom headed to Pittsburgh for yet another cancer treatment. He has a long road ahead of him, but on each return home, our little wizard will have his train set and Harry Potter costume waiting for him to bring him hours of joy.