Twelve year old Ian-Conner loves Star Wars and his favorite restaurant is Red Lobster. He loves playing soccer and is just like most twelve year old boys you know, except that he has a life-threatening illness. Ian-Conner has Cystic Fibrosis, but he doesn’t let it slow him down. He is a very active twelve year old with a passion for animals.
When Make-A-Wish volunteers Amy Kelly and Melinda Brown visited Ian-Conner, they asked him, “if you could have one wish, what would it be?” Ian-Conner explained that he wanted to be a zoo keeper at the country’s best zoo in Ohio.
Ian-Conner and his family flew to Ohio for his wish to come true, but he didn’t just get the normal tour of the zoo that most people do, he got far more. Ian-Conner went behind the scenes at the zoo, petting the animals and helping other zoo keepers feed them. He even got to help clean out some of the pens.
“Thank you so much for granting my wish. I couldn’t believe what I got to do. I had the greatest time ever, I will never forget this,” said Ian-Conner.
It is because of the students at Farson-Eden High School that we were able to grant Ian-Conner’s wish, and we cannot thank them enough for their hard work in helping us make wishes come true.
Ian-Conner arrived at the Ohio Zoo in style!
Ian-Conner helping out in the elephant pen.
Ian-Conner gets up close and personal with a gorilla.
Ian-Conner feeds a rhino as part of his zoo keeper duties.
Thank you so much for granting my wish. I couldn’t believe what I got to do. I had the greatest time ever, I will never forget this.