On January 27, 2011 Eric Merkley was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. An aggressive cancer that we hope and the doctors to this point seem confident that is contained to one spot on his leg. Prognosis is good. Treatments and recovery will be long and painful.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Rising of a Star

Make a Wish Foundation has an amazing building where kids with life threatening health challenges go to make their wish and once they have completed their wish, they have the opportunity to raise their star.  Eric had his opportunity to raise his star Tuesday night and I have to admit, I was very impressed and humbled at the many of volunteers and donations that are made to make this wonderful foundation work. 

We were all given a token to make a wish in the "Wishing pond".  The token was pretty cool that we all wanted to keep it, so I gave Eric a quarter to make his wish with.

Hey look, it is our friend Tim Wright.  They have a board with all the pictures of kids that are waiting for their wish to be fulfilled.

And there is Eric's picture, now he will make room for another wish.

We did not do the official request for a wish, so they allowed Eric make his wishes that night.  This building was designed by make a wish kids.  You are asked to write down your wishes on a paper.  You then enter into this room where the colors are constantly changing.  There is a water fall/fountain in the middle and Eric was asked to follow the lighted footprints around the water fall and insert his wish into a cone shaped unit.  He then walks around to the front of the water fall and puts his wish/cone on top of a "wish request".  It was pretty cool, and I can see where little kids would get such a kick out of this.

His wish has been submitted

Once a kid fulfills their wish they get to hang their star among all the other kids.  This is the most impressive part of the building. 

Eric was asked to "Decorate" his star.  He signed it and added #5

Then he was asked to raise his star

There it is

It was a very nice night and the many pictures/stories of previous kids that were hanging on the walls around the building were very, very humbling.  What a way to start Thanksgiving by being reminded about how truly blessed we are.

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