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Oakley: I wish to have a play set with three green slides

Oakley: I wish to have a play set

“ Green is Oakley's favorite color ”

Oakley knew exactly what his wish was.

Three year old Oakley from Casper loves sports and being outdoors, like many boys do.  Oakley was diagnoses with Rhabdomyosarcoma, and because of this life-threatening medical condition he was referred to Make-A-Wish® Wyoming. When he was asked by Make-A-Wish volunteers, Deb and Steve Hughes, “if he could have one wish what would it be?” he knew exactly what he wanted – a playset with three green slides.  After all, green is another one of Oakley’s favorites.

Make-A-Wish Volunteers, along with local contractor Doug Tilley, worked together to assemble the playset, and Vance and Stephen Law from Wolf Lodge Construction built stairs to make the playset more accessible for Oakley.  

At the Wish Party friends and family gathered as Oakley took his first turn going down the big green slide. Oakley, along with his brother and sister, spent much time going down each of the slides and playing on the swings.  Even though his favorite food was waiting inside for him –salad with Ranch dressing— Oakley had to be persuaded to go in the house and warm up.

Without support from generous donors, Make-A-Wish would not be able to grant wishes like Oakley’s.  We cannot thank the McMurry Foundation enough for adopting Oakley’s wish and giving his family memories that will last a lifetime.

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