Make-A-Wish: Jared’s wish
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – It is certainly the season of wishes, but for many kids battling cancer, all they want is the chance to forget about their illness. The Make a Wish foundation steps in and gives kids an unforgettable experience, full of laughter and smiles.
Nine-year-old Jared and his big brother Josh spend their time away from school like most kids, but some moments are perhaps a little sweeter for the two brothers. For the whole family, for that fact of a matter.
“I have two sons, and my baby was diagnosed with cancer,” said Robyn, Jared’s mother.
In May of last year, Jared was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
Playing outside soon became day after day in a hospital bed.
“We’re very lucky. We have me, and Duane and the boys’ dad Jamey. We learned to fall apart one at a time so we didn’t all have to hold it together at the same time,” she said.
“Everything was in turmoil, of course, worried about him. Worried about the diagnosis. Worried about whether he would go into remission or not,” said Duane Trammell.
But Robyn and Duane said their strength came from Jared. Making it through every single day, after several different rounds of treatment.
“I used to have to wear a mask like all the time when my white blood cells were really low. The one day when I actually had to wear one I brought it to class, and we brought some extras just in case. All my friends asked if they could wear one, and for the rest of the day all my class wore one so I didn’t feel left out,” said Jared.
After the worst of the worrying subsided, the Make a Wish Foundation was ready and so was Jared.
“Well I’ve always really loved Nickelodeon, and I’ve always watched the commercials where all the people get slimmed. I’ve always wanted to do that,” said Jared.
And that is exactly what he got.
From San Diego to Orlando, Jared became the Nickelodeon Resort’s guest of honor, getting slimmed and exploring all that Harry Potter World has to offer.
What the Make-A-Wish foundation gave Jared and his family wasn’t just a trip of a lifetime.
“I think it’s just really cool cause I know it’s really unfortunate that a bunch of kids get cancer, but I like that they’re giving kids a chance to think that they don’t have cancer. They just let them have fun,” said Jared.
Jared was given a great prognosis and will continue treatment until July 2016. Jared said he wants to go to Europe and Magic Mountain once his treatment is complete.