The crisp morning air met Clay and his family that morning as they arrived at the site. The rafts were inflated, the helmets and life jackets awaiting them. Miles from where they call home, Clay and his family were ready for a day of adventure, white water rafting down the Skykomish River.
Sixteen year old Clay is from Beulah and loves Mongolian Grill, listening to music by the Black Eyed Peas, and watching Jim Carry movies. Clay has been diagnosed with Leukemia, but that doesn’t stop him from being very active. When Clay was referred to Make-A-Wish® Wyoming, volunteers Marcy Hoekstra and Nicole Sargent visited him and his family to find out what his wish was. Clay had thought a lot about what he wanted to do. He wanted to go somewhere where he could spend time with his family doing things outdoors. His wish was to go on a camping trip to Seattle where he could go canoeing.
A few months later, Clay and his family left their home in Beulah, Wyoming to embark on Clay’s wish adventure. The first of many adventures was a white water rafting trip down the Skykomish River. Then, after a free day to relax, Clay and his family went on a three day kayaking trip in Anacortes, WA. Before heading back to Wyoming, Clay spent his last day in Washington on a Whale Watching Tour.
It was a fun-filled, sunny week playing in the water and exploring Washington, but it was also a time for Clay to just be a kid and spend time with his family. Without support from the community, we would not be able to grant wishes like Clay’s. We cannot thank the students at Farson-Eden High School enough for their hard work in raising funds to grant Clay’s wish. It is because of them that Clay was able to have such a magical wish experience.