Five year old Colton from Cheyenne couldn’t sleep a wink on the plane; he was far too excited. As the plane landed, Colton was all smiles; after all, his wish was coming true. Colton has had numerous trips to doctors’ offices and hospitals since he was diagnosed with Olfactory Neuroblastoma, but this was a different kind of trip entirely.
A few months earlier, two people had come to visit him, but they weren’t doctors or nurses coming to talk about treatments or medical conditions. They were from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and they were there to find out what Colton’s wish was. Make-A-Wish volunteers Chassity Wiederspahn and Ruby Tomlinson sat with Colton and talked about all of the possibilities of what his wish could be. Colton had lots of ideas, but what he really wanted to do was build sand castles on the beach in Hawaii.
Colton was given his first lei as he exited the airplane in Hawaii, and he couldn’t wait to get to the beach. He spent the majority of the trip playing in the sand and soaking up the Hawaiian sun, but he also went to a luau, on a submarine ride, snorkeling, and to visit Pearl Harbor. Growing up, Colton has heard many stories from his grandpa about Pearl Harbor and wanted to see the place his grandpa talks about so much.
It was a fun-filled, sunny week playing in the sand and exploring the island, but it was also a time for Colton to just be a kid, and maybe, just maybe for a little while, forget he was sick.
Without support from local businesses and organizations, we would not be able to grant wishes like Colton’s. We cannot thank the Wyoming Highway Patrol Association enough for their generosity and support year after year. It is because of them that Colton was able to have such a magical wish experience.