When 17-year-old Alex walked into the Mt. Hope, W.Va., Hometown Subaru on a Monday afternoon, he was welcomed by his school’s marching band, his entire baseball team and Quincy Wilson, former running back of the West Virginia University Mountaineers.
Together, they showed support and delivered exciting news. Alex, who is diagnosed with end stage renal failure and needs a kidney transplant, would be granted his wish to attend a WVU football game in Morgantown. West Virginia University had a whole VIP experience planned for him.
Alex’s dad told the Register Herald that they were all so surprised.
“I knew that Make-A-Wish had something going on, but I didn’t know it was going to be this extravagant,” Alex’s dad said. “I didn’t know his baseball team was going to be here, or the band.”
Alex said that moments of support like this are what helps to get him through the tough times; it’s his family, his classmates, his teammates, his community…and his doctor, Dr. Rose Ayoob, a WVU School of Medicine graduate and nephrologist at Charleston Area Medical Center.
Alex’s wish request was to have his doctor join him on his WVU adventure. She has been by his side through every up and down, and he wanted nothing more to share this “up” with her.
Thanks to Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia, Alex, his family and Dr. Ayoob had a weekend of Mountaineer magic. They attended a Friday night men’s basketball game and a Saturday football game. Alex cheered on his favorite team from stellar seats, met some of the team members and coaches, and received plenty of WVU gear.
For Alex, this was more than just game-day fun, it was a game-changer in his medical journey. Now, through every trial he faces, Alex will remember the support from his friends, his family, his community and his favorite Mountaineers.
“He needed this,” Alex’s dad said.
You can help to give more kids like Alex the life-changing wish they need by referring a child, volunteering or donating to Make-A-Wish.
During the 2018 Subaru Share the Love Event, Subaru of America, Inc., will donate $250 for every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased, from November 15th through January 2nd, to the purchaser’s choice of participating charities, including Make-A-Wish. Learn more about how you can participate at Subaru.com/share.