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Danton meets his idol

“ It was the best time of my life. ”

- Danton

  • Danton , 12

    • cancer
    • I wish to meet Jacques Torres

Meet Danton, our featured Wish Ambassador of November.

A 12-year-old boy, from Salem, who wished to meet Pastry Chef and Chocolatier Jacques Torres.

"I wanted this wish because I want to open my own restaurant and I want to become a famous actor."

Danton's insatiable appetite for sweets, and learning how to bake them, began at a very early age. 

"I started baking Christmas cookies with my mom, when I was four and that was really fun," said Danton. "I like to bake meringues that was the first thing I perfected. Now, I have a full cake decorating complex thing in my kitchen."

His cinnamon rolls have been known to rival that of Cinnabon.

"Baking, is just fun," said Danton. "I really like it."

A passion that also distracts him from the weight of a daily battle with a critical illness. 

"I have a cancer called lymphoma, and an immune disorder related to my cancer," said Danton. "I have a port and I still have to get treatments every three weeks. But, it's ok, because the nurses and the child life specialists, they're just keeping me going."

Danton's family learned about Make-A-Wish Oregon through their medical team. 

"It was pretty cool thinking I could qualify for a wish," said Danton. "I was thinking about what I wanted my wish to be, and I was sitting down on the couch and we were watching 'Nailed It.'  Then, my mom was like 'hey, you should meet one of these judges,' and I'm like, 'Jacques Torres!'" 

Before long, Danton and his family were on their way to New York City to meet the chef who inspires him most. 

"The day came when we got to meet Jacques. He came riding in on an electric scooter, which was honestly really cool," said Danton.

After a quick tour, Danton learned how to make chocolate molds, and then tasted Jacques famous truffles, chocolates, and ice cream.

"Jacques was amazing, the best part about him was he was a real guy. He was just him," said Danton.

"He gave me advice about what I should do in the future and stuff. I will remember it as the best time of my life. I wish I could do it all again. It was really fun and really cool."

Danton is a Make-A-Wish Oregon Wish Ambassador who is Wishing It Forward  by sharing his story. To support future wishes, like Danton's CLICK HERE

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