Hello, my name is Matt Koch. My 13-year-old son, Alex, had a wish granted two years ago. Alex has Sanfilippo syndrome, a terminal genetic condition that causes neurological damage. Alex is non-verbal, so he can't tell you what his wish is. But, he does enough so we could guess what he would really like: a basketball court to be built in our backyard. We were out of town doing a research study with Alex during the week the court was constructed. The day after we returned, our wish granters and family and friends showed up for the big reveal. Members of the local high school basketball team came over and shot around with Alex.
Looking back on that day still brings joy to our family. Alex really loved it! He was smiling from ear to ear. It was a very, very happy day for him. My family and I have looked for ways to get involved with Make-A-Wish and spread the joy we flet that day. Last year, we created a Walk for Wishes team with our family, friends, and my Gamestop co-workers. Being able to share Alex's story and our personal experience with Make-A-Wish allowed us to spread awareness and raise funds to help other families experience a wish.
Please join Alex and my family again this year at Walk for Wishes on April 8th at Nashville's Bicentennial Park. Thank you and look forward to seeing you there!