Rising high above the River Thames, the London Eye is an iconic symbol of the city. For Griffin, his moment on the London Eye could not have been more perfect. As Griffin and his family climbed higher, clear skies revealed the city in its entirety, representing endless possibilities. But for Griffin it represented more. It represented his strength to overcome adversity and a future void of illness.
Diagnosed in the summer of 2013 with cancer, Griffin faced the obstacles accompanied by treatment. Exploring London had been a long-time wish for him through this difficult time and served as a focus for Griffin beyond his condition.
Complete with dungeon tours, a visit to Windsor Castle and numerous other sightseeing musts, Griffin’s wish allowed him to be the teenager he was before becoming sick. Citing the Tower of London as the highlight of his trip, Griffin’s mother Heather explained, “Griffin smiled the entire time”. Heather described the hope she felt as she saw her “old Griffin show up, full of jokes” and the lasting effects the wish would have for years to come.
With his brothers by his side, Griffin enjoyed the week of tours and family. Much like the clear skies that welcomed him into London and followed him to the London Eye, the wish served as a reminder that for Griffin and his family the future will be bright with new opportunity.
Without support from generous donors, Make-A-Wish Wyoming would not be able to grant wishes like Griffin’s. A special thank you to Kelly Walsh High School for their fundraising efforts. It is because of their contributions, we are able to grant the wishes of wish kids like Griffin in Wyoming.