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From Wish Recipient to Wish Granter

Wish recipient Tim (left) with his family and Terrell Davis in 1999

“ Meeting Terrell helped me realize I shouldn’t limit myself because of my heart condition. ”

- Wish recipient Tim

When Tim met Terrell Davis of the Denver Broncos in 1999, it was a turning point for the 13-year-old, who had his first open heart surgery when he was just two months old.

“Meeting Terrell helped me realize I shouldn’t limit myself because of my heart condition,” says Tim. “Terrell told me about his own health problems and as a football star, was proof to me that these challenges don’t have to hold you back.”

Now 30, Tim is an accomplished violinist and audio engineer. “I’ve had more heart procedures and a second open-heart surgery. During these difficult times, I’ve definitely drawn happiness from memories of my wish."

Wish alum and volunteer Tim along with his mother and fellow volunteer Diane, and wish child SyndeyIn fact, Tim’s wish motivated him to become a wish-granting volunteer! And, what makes this even more special is that he volunteers alongside his mother, Diane. The mother-son team (pictured with wish child Syndey, autumn 2016) relishes the opportunity to give back in such a direct way. Two of the first wish children Tim worked with had congenital heart disease and he recognized his opportunity to be a role model for them, just as Terrell Davis was for him.

For all of the children I work with, my hope is that their wishes bring them lasting courage − just like mine did. ”

— Tim

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