Meet Bransen, our featured Wish Ambassador of March. A kindhearted and wildly smart 13-year-old, from Beaverton, who can solve a rubik's cube at light speed. He loves the game of baseball, and his skills at the plate landed him the nickname "Boom." Buster Posey, of the San Francisco Giants, is his biggest inspiration.
"The year I broke my arm was the year that Buster Posey broke his leg," said Bransen. "He never gave up so I decided I’m not going to give up."
This mentality helped Bransen off field, too.
"I used to love playing baseball, but after my transplant I couldn't play it anymore," said Bransen. "My kidney was failing and I needed a transplant. This wonderful person named Melissa decided to step up and give me her kidney."
Today, Bransen is healthy is thriving.
"I feel more energetic and I want to go do more stuff," he added. "I was really excited to get a wish. I knew right away I wanted to meet Buster Posey."
When Bransen and his family landed in San Francisco, he was brought to Baseballism for a mini shopping spree. Then, it was time for the big game and a face-to-face meeting with his hero.
"I was really nervous and anxious. I had my phone next to me with a bunch of questions. One of them was just like 'what was the hardest and easiest pitch to catch?' and he said, 'a strike,' and I was like 'okay,'" said Bransen.
"He was really nice, and he was talking to the entire family. He signed a bat, a few baseballs, my jersey, and I got to say 'play ball' during the game," he added.
The experience transformed Bransen's life.
"I was just amazed," he added. "I think wishes are important because a wish come true is incredible."
Bransen is also a Make-A-Wish Oregon Wish Ambassador who is Wishing It Forward by sharing his story. To support future wishes, like Bransen's CLICK HERE.