For Alex, the custom-built gaming computer that he received from Make-A-Wish® Oregon is more than just a wish-come-true. It’s a wish for the future - something that will help him pursue a career in computers or electronics.
Building a super gaming computer, however, was no easy task. Computer and gaming experts from all over our area came together to help make Alex’s wish a reality – everyone from individuals who donated components and their personal time to companies that offered gift cards and software.
The result was a machine that even this future engineer was proud of. “I got a really great computer and I’m infinitely grateful for it,” said Alex. “It’s the best gift ever.” He says his favorite part of the experience was being able to install the high performance graphic cards.
“I haven’t seen his face light up like that in a long time,” said his mom. “As they pulled the components out of the boxes one at a time, he was just giddy. It was so much fun watching him light up.”
The wish has also created opportunities for the family. Alex’s mom said they haven’t been able to do a lot of things together because if Alex is in the hospital, one parent would always be with him while the other parent takes care of their 13-year-old son Max. Since the wish, they have been able to spend time in the house together playing video games as a family.
“For me, it’s just emotional. It still is,” said Alex’s mom. “He’s had such a tough time and this is something he truly could get excited about. For us, it was great just seeing him be a regular kid again.”
A special thanks to the following individuals and companies for helping make Alex’s wish come true:
- Beth Klingner
- Big Fish Gaming
- Jarrod Ochsenbien
- Jason Lesner
- Kat Coker and Gary McCormack
- Michael Poe
- Papa Murphy’s Pizza - Vancouver
- Robert Duncan
- Spencer McCormack
- Valve Software