Some kids determine their wish immediately. But the choice didn’t come as easily for 17-year-old Joel.
“I thought about my wish really hard but still wasn’t sure,” said Joel. “Then, my wish granters mentioned a shopping spree as a type of wish and it sparked my interest.”
Joel, who was diagnosed with cancer after a surgery in April 2018, was excited to shop at multiple stores, most specifically for electronics and clothing for school.
“It was important for me to have something that I can continue to use over and over,” he said. “I remember being in the clinic thinking about my wish, and it gave me something to look forward to because I could go back to school looking and feeling better than ever.”
The day of Joel’s wish, a limo arrived to pick up Joel along with his sister, parents and brother-in-law to take them to his favorite stores.
“The limo was awesome and it was cool for my family to be included in my wish day,” said Joel, who bought a television for his family and other technology items on his wish list like a new phone, Nintendo Switch, iPad, AppleWatch and AirPods.
“I had an android phone before and people kept telling me the iPhone was better. Now I agree with them, the iPhone is better,” he said with a laugh.
Joel visited Tillys, Best Buy and GameStop for clothes, shoes, and video games and enjoyed lunch with his family at Olive Garden to end the spectacular day.
Now, Joel is preparing to begin his junior year in high school. He is excited to show off his new clothes and the swag he selected on his wish.
“My wish definitely helped me with my mindset,” said Joel. “I wanted to have something that could continue to benefit me for a long time and this helped me clear my thoughts about the future and what could happen with my condition. I’m very thankful to have this experience.”