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Jackson's Rustic Hideaway

Wish child Jackson with his parents

“ Through his wish, Jackson feels not only a connection with the past but a stronger sense of optimism for the future! ”

Jackson chooses history books over video games, listens to Johnny Cash rather than Justin Bieber, and prefers Babe Ruth to Tom Brady. A self-proclaimed history buff, he gravitates to "old time things” and loves spending time outdoors.

While hospitalized for leukemia treatment, the 10-year-old used the time to design a log cabin that honored America’s past – and Jackson’s wish was to bring this cabin to life!

Like any good historian, he had a clear sense of what his rustic hideaway should look like. Jackson’s clubhouse features a shingled roof, a porch, authentic army cots, and personalized army blankets plus space for him to display his burgeoning collection of military challenge coins.

Jackson is in awe as he enters through the Dutch door for the first time: from antlers to historical prints, the cabin immerses him in the past that he loves and provides him not only with a place for fun with his brother and friends, but also a place of quiet solitude where he can peruse his history books.

Sitting in his rocking chair on the porch, Jackson is at home in his piece of history and feels not only a connection with the past, but a stronger sense of optimism for the future!

Pictured: Jackson on the front porch of his log cabin clubhouse with his parents, Craig and Julie.

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Thoughts from Jackson's volunteer team

"Every wish has a certain something that makes it special. Jackson's 'something special' was his passion for memorabilia and his old soul...This stoic young man's strength was inspirational."

- Linda and Lisa, Make-A-Wish volunteers

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