When Nathan was referred to Make-A-Wish® Oregon, he was putting on a brave face while undergoing treatment for leukemia at OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital.
And now, Nathan's wish to go the Smithsonian is coming true! For Nathan, this life-changing experience is helping him replace fear with confidence, anxiety with hope and sadness with joy.
"Nathan has been interested in dinosaurs ever since he was 3-years-old," said mom, Felila. "We read him books about dinosaurs and he loves watching educational dinosaurs movies. He wished to go to the Smithsonian to see the life-size dinosaur fossils, he wants to learn about history, science, and rock-collecting."
Nathan found out his wish was coming true on stage at Walk For Wishes, and has not been able to stop talking about his trip since.
“Our family now has wonderful and fond memories that we will cherish forever. When Nathan looks at photos from the day he is quite delighted," said mom Felila. "Thank you for making Nathan feel so special."
Nathan's wish was made possible through a charitable donation by Bristol-Myers Squibb, a proud sponsor of Walk For Wishes and supporter of Make-A-Wish. Since 2017, Bristol-Myers Squibb has donated $3 million to grant wishes across the country for kids battling childhood cancer.
“Bristol-Myers Squibb’s generosity allows us to ensure children battling childhood cancer, like Nathan, experience the hope and healing that comes with a wish come true,” said Make-A-Wish Oregon CEO Laila Cook. “There are few experiences more powerful than a wish come true.”
And Nathan wants the world to know what this wish experience has meant to him.
"Thank you for making my wish come true," said Nathan.