As a kid there isn’t usually much more to worry about except for which toy to play with next.
Unfortunately, when Austin was diagnosed with leukemia at 5 years old, being a kid and playing with LEGO sets was often replaced with IVs and cancer treatments at the hospital.
When Austin heard he was receiving a wish, something just “clicked”, and he knew he had to go to LEGOLAND.
“My brother and I were very into LEGO sets at the time and had actually been to LEGOLAND before but I remember it being so fun that I wanted to go back,” said Austin, who is now 25 years old.
Austin also recalled that “we had such a fun time all together as a family. My parents and my three siblings all came and we got picked up in a limo to go to the airport. We also stayed at the Embassy Suites in California and ironically that’s always where my family and I stay when we vacation in California now.”
Several years later, Austin has traded his LEGO engineering in for engineering with a little more spark – Electrical Engineering. His degree has led him to work for the Department of Defense as an Electrical Engineer supporting the Navy.
“My wish trip definitely helped through my cancer journey,” said Austin. “It gave me something to look forward to during my treatments and it was more than I ever could have asked for.”