At the age of 12, Jaziel was back in the hospital, cut off from his family and friends, only having his mom for comfort. Yet, during this time around something happened – a medical professional familiar with Make-A-Wish recommended Jaziel for a wish experience.
He and his family were not sure what Make-A-Wish was or why Jaziel would qualify but they were soon told that Make-A-Wish Arizona grants the wishes of children with critical illnesses so that they have something to look forward to, something to give them hope.
For 12-year-old Jaziel, that was a computer and gaming console. He wanted to be able to play the games all the other kids were playing and he wanted to pick it all out himself so he and his family went together on a technology shopping spree.
“Knowing my wish was going to be granted motivated me to keep going and feel better, especially because my parents and brothers could also share this experience with me,” Jaziel said.
The wish did the trick and Jaziel was able to make it through yet one more round of treatment and eventually also used the memory of his wish to make it through another cancer diagnosis, this time when he was 14.
Today, Jaziel is cancer free and attends Phoenix Community College.
“Life definitely has not been easy for me, and that is why I appreciate every moment I have, I try to live to the fullest. I also want to make my parents proud, they left everything behind to offer me and my brothers a better life, the least I can do is finish college and help others.”
Jaziel is a DACA student, his family from Culiacan, Mexico, and his goal is to become a Nurse Practitioner because he wants help other kids who are going through the same process he went through when he was sick.