Nick’s wish to go to the Super Bowl was granted in 2013 when he was 16, and he traveled to New Orleans for the big game. Here, he reflects on the impact of his wish.
I wished to go to the Super Bowl because I was a die-hard Patriots fan and watching the Super Bowl every year was a treasured experience in our household. I thought, what could be better than seeing the game in person?!
My favorite memory from my wish is sitting with my brother Charlie and yelling ourselves hoarse for the 49ers to beat the Ravens (the Ravens had knocked out the Patriots). And, of course, the halftime show, and the power outage that lasted for 33 minutes! I also remember exploring New Orleans and feasting on the famous beignets of the French Quarter. I cherish the iconic Super Bowl ticket in a lanyard that I still have - the beautiful artwork of New Orleans on it sends me right back to this most amazing experience.
The Impact of My Wish
My family and I really needed my wish. I was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, a form of preleukemia, in August of 2011 and was in treatment until early spring of 2012. I missed most of my sophomore year of high school and worked from home with tutors to catch up. My illness was a terrible experience for me -- and for my entire family. I know my family looked to my wish as something amazingly good through all the bad. And, knowing that I was going to the Super Bowl got me through a lot of tough times during treatment and recovery.
My wish taught me to appreciate everything I hold dear and to focus on the positive. It reinforced for me the need to give back, and I’ve been a volunteer with a youth mentoring organization for over four years. My Make-A-Wish experience also showed me there are extremely kind, generous people out there.
Now, I’m 23 and proud to say that I graduated on-time with my high school class, got my degree from Tufts University, and am a software engineer at a company outside of Boston. I enjoy swimming, cooking, playing board games, and spending time with my family. I have an amazing girlfriend, Anjana, and we have a cat, Rhea.
To the donors and volunteers who made my wish possible seven years ago, I want to say thank you so much. My wish was one of the best things I’ve ever experienced. It helped save me, and I will not ever be able to fully express my gratitude to those who made it happen.
And if you are reading this as a family member of a child who has recently qualified for a wish, I imagine times are tough right now, and I hope a magical Make-A-Wish experience will bring joy and laughter to your child – and to you. And if you’re a wish child, enjoy every moment of your wish and know that people care and love you!
Read more about Nick’s 2013 wish