We immediately contacted Make-A-Wish. Jason had a wish. He was no normal 16-year-old kid. He loved politics. He wanted to go to Washington D.C. And go he did.
Make-A-Wish gave him the trip of a lifetime. He met Nancy Reagan at the Whitehouse. He entertained George H.W. Bush in the West Wing. He met with fellow Oklahoman and Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral William Crowe at the Pentagon where we got to see his famous hat collection. Willard Scott welcomed him on the Today's show where they paired up to do the weather. We walked in the land of giants when we to a Georgetown basketball game and then met the team in the locker room. Standing 6'2", Jason was dwarfed standing next to both Coach John Thompson and Dikembe Mutumbo. Jason met dignitaries, heads of state, and celebrities. And he charmed them all. For a short time, he was the talk of the town.
Make-A-Wish Oklahoma made it all possible. Our case worker was Susan Johnson. She happened to be the sister-in-law of David Boren, who was a senator at the time. He and his staff were amazing to us. They welcomed us with open arms. Senator Boren called in favors and invited D.C. to meet the amazing boy from Oklahoma. And they all responded.
Here is a great article about him.
Jason's time in his mortal body ended on Christmas Day of 1988. We look back at that time and know this was his trip of a lifetime. It gave us hope and a light in a hard and exhausting time.
There are other Wish kids and their families that need our help. They are some of the bravest and sweetest kids you'll ever know. They wish to work in a pickle factory, become a superhero, go snorkeling, give their baseball team new uniforms, and push all of the buttons in a tall building's elevator. Their innocence and unexpected wisdom stays with you.
A wish come true simply means more than you can imagine. It helps children feel stronger, more energetic, more willing and able to battle their critical illnesses. For many, the wish marks a turning point in the fight against their illnesses. Doctors, nurses and other health professionals say, the wish experience works in concert with medicine to make their patients feel better emotionally and even physically.
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