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A Greenhouse to Give Back

Dakota at his greenhouse

“ Growing hope, strength and joy... ”

Dakota, known as Cody to his family and friends, is an amazing 13-year-old boy from North East, PA, who is continually thinking of others before himself, even as he battles cancer.  When choosing a wish, Cody knew he wanted his wish to center around his love of the outdoors, and he wanted it to somehow have a positive effect on others.

Dakota and his greenhouse wishAfter careful consideration, this selfless young man decided he wanted a greenhouse of his own.  He thought it would be great to see plants and vegetables grow from a seed into something amazing.  He said he wanted to grow something with his own hands to bring happiness to his family and others.

On a cold, rainy day, his volunteers and some great Make-A-Wish® partners came together to create Cody’s wish.  The greenhouse was assembled by volunteers; Stan’s Garden Center and Luke’s Greenhouse donated plants and seeds; Ace Hardware donated planting tables; and Cody donated the extremely positive attitude.  The volunteers agreed that they couldn’t possibly allow the dampness of the weather to dampen their hearts – Cody’s broad smile as he saw each piece of his greenhouse assembled filled everyone around him with warmth and joy.

After seeing his dream realized, Cody decided to take his wish one step further.  He now  hopes to grow vegetables and plants and sell them, donating the proceeds to Make-A-Wish to help other children’s wishes come true.

  • Dakota and family

  • Dakota makes things grow

Cody's desire to help other children receive their own wish and his passion for creating new life by growing plants is what prompted the greenhouse wish. He has always been a very caring child. This is his way of paying it forward. ”

— Dakota's mom

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