When Andrew was diagnosed with epilepsy as a child, there were many times where he just wanted to quit. He used to think, “Why is this happening to me?” One rainy day, everything changed for Andrew when two Make-A-Wish® volunteers showed up to his house and asked, “What is the one thing you want in this world?” Andrew, who was a huge basketball fan and talented player at just 16, chose to see the NBA All-Star Game, and it has made all the difference in his battle.
After Andrew’s wish was granted and he got the chance to attend the All-Star Game, his perspective on his condition completely changed. Instead of thinking about quitting, he strived to keep going. Andrew said, “My wish would have been for nothing if I would have let my epilepsy get the best of me.”
In the last 10 years, Andrew has accomplished everything he wanted and more. After playing basketball all four years of high school, he moved on to continue playing at CCAC, where he met his wife. He later graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Degree in Communications, got married, and bought a house and a puppy. Andrew believes that everything he went through was part of a plan, and that the problems he dealt with only made his life better.
Andrew is so proud of all of his accomplishments and he wouldn’t have been able to do it without the help of Make-A-Wish®. He is aware of the common misconception that you can only get a wish granted if you are going to die or have a very serious disease. Andrew stresses that people don’t realize that Make-A-Wish is about much more than that. None of these amazing things might have happened in his life if he had not received his wish as a child.
Now, as Andrew celebrates the 10th anniversary of his wish, he still has some symptoms of epilepsy but is overcoming them and feeling like a normal person. He looks back on the last 10 years that have been a rollercoaster of ups and downs and believes that his wish helped him to get through the tough times and become a better, more successful person today. Andrew said, “To know that there are people like Make-A-Wish in this world is what makes it a better place and one that I am proud to be a part of.” Andrew’s life was truly changed by having his wish granted, and he will always hold onto the memory of his wish as it continues to inspire him.