Thirteen-year-old Nebraska Wish Kid, Holden, had never seen the Pacific Ocean. The Nebraska Make-A-Wish Foundation working with the San Diego Make-A-Wish Foundation and volunteers from Tuna Challenge for Make-A-Wish joined to help make Holden’s wish to fish on the Pacific Ocean come true!
Holden, a baseball player and hunter, enjoyed a beautiful southern California October day on a Seaforth Sport Boat with his father, Jeremy, 14 year old brother, Tristan, and Tuna Challenge Committee Members Ken and Brad. According to Ken, the group mostly rock fished as a red tide kept the squid at bay. A few good-sized rock fish were caught during the day while a school of porpoise kept everyone entertained. Even a mola (sunfish) was spotted!
Holden and his family enjoyed their day of San Diego fishing and their time spent in beautiful San Diego!
With the help of the Tuna Challenge committee, Zach got to experience his wish of going on a fishingtrip. Here he is with his catch.
Because of people like you, great things happen! Your support of Tuna Challenge for Make-A-Wish helps youngsters faced with life threatening conditions realize their hopes and dreams.
Read on to find out how two very special San Diego young people were recently helped by your generous support.
High school student and football player, Darren, “gave up” his wish for Charger’s season tickets after his football team and its coaches shaved their heads in support during his chemotherapy treatments. He opted to change his wish to one that would help others, namely every player on his school’s football squads. At a school rally, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego presented new uniforms supplied by Nike for all three football squads, replacing their 20 year old uniforms! But that wasn’t the end of Darren’s wish. The Charger’s cheerleaders, present at the rally, invited Darren to be their equipment manager, thus allowing him to be on the field during every game!
Eighteen-year-old Lexie, a talented softball player, was sidelined in the middle of her JV season when she was diagnosed with bone cancer in her leg and has been in a continuous battle ever since. She has dealt with multiple surgeries, rounds of chemo, and radiation. In addition, she has lost close friends to cancer, even reading a friend’s “cancer thoughts” aloud at a Relay for Life event last spring when he was unable to read them himself.
When given a chance to make a wish come true for herself, Lexie chose to use her wish to help others. Her wish day took place September 10th, when she traveled with her family in a limo to Los Angelesfor the Stand Up 2 Cancer Telethon. She walked the red carpet, mingled with celebrities, and worked alongside many of them in the phone bank during the telethon! So far more than $80 million has been pledged from the second “Stand Up 2 Cancer” event held in Los Angeles!
These kids inspire us, as do their stories! They are living testimony to the kind of “ripple effect” making wishes come true for others has on all of us.
“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.”
—Robert F. Kennedy
The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Click here to see wish impacts and facts..
All proceeds from the Tuna Challenge go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego, which serves children in San Diego and Imperial Counties.
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Every year Tuna Challenge is made possible with the support of generous volunteers, from the awards banquet and fileting fish to collecting donations and much, much more. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer then please contact Gary Morris.