Justin's Dream Team
Welcome to our team page! We have signed up to walk and fundraise again for this year’s event because wishes have the power to give children hope, strength and joy when they need it most.
Wishes can increase the physical and emotional well-being of wish kids, and create happy, lifelong memories. In fact, wish experiences are as much about the days that follow, as they are about the wish itself – because the impact of a wish can last forever.
As many of you know, my family knows this on a first hand level. My son, Justin, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) on December 26, 2012, just sixteen days after his 16th birthday. Our world was turned upside down. Justin took many trips to the hospital and clinic for chemotherapy. He received blood transfusions and endured many surgeries including three port placements, gall bladder removal and a partial pancreatectomy after suffering from a chemo side effect that caused a severe case of pancreatitis. The course of Justin's treatment plan spanned his entire high school years. Because of his suppressed immune system, he couldn't return to school right away so he did school work from home.
Justin maintained a positive attitude throughout most of this journey, even commenting that he would give another cancer child the hair that he did have if he could. But there were times when he was down or discouraged. Those were the hardest times for me. Then his Make-A-Wish grantors came to meet him. You could see the excitement as he talked with them and tried to think about a wish. Justin has always been a classic car and truck enthusiast with his dad, so he chose to have his classic truck restored. But dad put a spin on his wish. From the time Justin was little he loved the Dukes of Hazzard. We owned a 1968 Dodge Charger that he always asked dad to paint like the General Lee, and dad always said no. After seeing your child, your world, experience what no child should ever have to experience, dad had a change of heart. With the help of Make-A-Wish, the Charger was restored and made into a General Lee! Justin was surprised with his wish in April 2014 when he was granted the keys to his very own General Lee.
Make-A-Wish is very dear to our hearts as they gave hope and joy to our son and our family! The funds I raise will support the Make-A-Wish® mission to grant the wish of every eligible child who has been diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition.
A wish experience can truly change a child’s life, and so can you. Please support me and donate to my page today.