Diagnosed with neuroblastoma when he was two, Henry celebrated his 17th birthday this June. At a very young age, he developed a strong affinity for music, particularly during his hospital stays, and soon proved to be an incredibly gifted musician!
In 2004, when Make-A-Wish volunteers visited him to ask what his heartfelt wish would be, the pint-sized maestro wished for a new saxophone, trombone, violin, and several other instruments. When the instruments were delivered to his home, he eagerly requested that his parents open the instruments in a particular order so he could examine each instrument carefully, one by one.
Since then, Henry has played and composed to his heart’s content; the rhythms and melodies that he creates are an expression of his heart and soul. Here, he shares how his wish influenced him:
Music has always played a huge role in my life and my wish was an extension of that love.
Getting so many instruments was amazing….I was three years old and one of the best moments of my wish is immortalized in a photograph. I loved the trombone the most then, and there I was, blasting the trombone as loud as I possibly could, cheeks puffed and all – just dizzy with excitement.
I now play lead trumpet in my high school orchestra and I think that the exposure to so many instruments really shaped me. My wish helped me become the musician I am today. I hope to continue with music in college, and my wish no doubt impacted my decision to pursue this path.