A usually bright, happy and energetic child, Jacob began feeling "off" right before he started school in August of 2015. After a week of feeling poorly and complaining of headaches and stomach aches, Jacob's family made an appointment for him with their local doctor. Their worst fears were confirmed - Jacob was diagnosed with leukemia. Suddenly, Jacob's world was turned upside down. Long gone were the days of playing basketball with friends, going to the movies, and spending time in the great outdoors. Instead, he found himself confined to a hospital bed where he endured painful chemotherapy treatments and radiation, all of these leaving him feeling lethargic, tired, and mostly sad.
Before his diagnosis, Jacob enjoyed high energy activities like football, running, and exploring outside. During treatment, Jacob asked every week if he could go outside and play, but his low immunities kept him from doing what he loved most. Instead of letting that bring him down, he found a new source of happiness through watching the show Impractical Jokers. All of their jokes made him laugh during the difficult times, which brought him joy that was missing when he stuck inside for treatments. Jacob is still determining what his one true wish will be and his ideas are endless. He looks forward to solidifying his dreams and seeing them come to fruition.
Quick-witted seven-year-old Madison sees household debris as building materials: she built her own functional ATM, vending machine, and cash register all out of cardboard. She frequents the trashcan for inspiration to create gadgetry. Naturally inventive, Madison also enjoys cooking with her mom, taking cues from her favorite show, Master Chef Jr. Madison’s spunky nature persists despite a vicious medical journey. In February 2016, Madison suffered weekly fevers, and the ER doctor diagnosed her with a common infection. After that treatment regimen failed, Madison’s pediatrician sent her in for scans and a biopsy resulting in a diagnosis of a rare coughing condition. Still unrelieved from treatments, a second biopsy finally revealed the correct diagnosis of anaplastic large cell lymphoma. Madison remained strong and received news of remission in April 2017 meaning removal of her implanted chemo port. Throughout this trying time, creativity and invention brought Madison joy. When discovering her wish with staff, Madison knew what she wanted: to be an inventor.
Avery was like a typical eight year old girl in so many ways. She was a caring and artistic soul who loved Selena Gomez and Harry Potter, and dreamed of learning how to surf. However, Avery battled something no nine year old should ever have to face. A Brain Tumor.
Even though her world was flipped upside down, Avery always had a positive attitude. She kept up with her art, even creating multiple pieces to raise money for cancer research.
Deciding on her one true wish took a lot of thought and consideration—there were so many things that would give Avery hope and encouragement. But it was Disney World that stole her heart. Her love of big, fast rides, the Disney characters and everyone’s favorite teenage wizard made it a perfect choice. It even had a place Avery could learn to surf!
Avery and her family left a cool and cloudy Washington and arrived in sunny Florida on Mother’s Day 2013. They checked into their Polynesian-themed hotel and the adventures began. Avery got to meet all of her favorite super heroes, get a Dole Whip whenever her heart desired, and learn to surf (which she realized was a lot harder than it looks!) While whizzing through Space Mountain, Avery’s mom heard her laugh-a true, deep belly laugh-and realized she couldn’t remember the last time she had heard her daughter’s genuine laughter. It was in that unforgettable moment that she fully understood the power of a wish.
Avery was only 13 when she passed away in June 2016, but her light continues to shine through her artwork.
Dylan Ross is a 29-year old artist based out of Jacksonville, Florida. He has been creating art for 28 years…or since he could hold a crayon. Dylan’s work has been shown at exhibitions up and down the eastern seaboard since 2005, and he has been featured on CNN. He created “Art & Athletes for Action”, which is a charity-based exhibition combining athletes and art to make an impact for a worthy cause. His list of clients and charitable supporters include 5 time NBA champion Dennis Rodman, actor/model Patrick Schwarzenegger, multiple award winning rapper/actor Snoop Dogg, Heavyweight Champion Boxer Lennox Lewis, and multiple award winning country singer Jason Aldean.
Make-A-Wish T-Shirts is honored and grateful for his wonderful donation of Alaskan art. Please visit www.dylanrossart.com and take a look at his amazing variety of work.
John Ramirez is a professional animator, storyboard and visual development artist, designer, illustrator and art director. His work can be seen in many feature films, including Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Hercules, Toy Story II and Tom and Jerry, The Fast and the Furriest, Elena of Avalor and Duck Tales. A versatile artist, he has applied his creative skills in many fields, including being on the design team of theme parks around the world including numerous museum exhibits, parades, mascots and award-winning floats in Asia, Australia and the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade. Highlights include design work for Lotte World, Everland Theme park, and The Taejon Expo. Also The Yokohama Expo, Kurashiki Tivoli Park, Park Espana in Ise-shima Japan, Dubai World and Singapore Universal Studios. His latest project was designing the Magical Memories Art Gallery Featuring Disney Fine Art at the Forum Shops, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas. You can learn more about John and his work at http://www.instagram.com/johnram27.
Childhood Cancer Is The Real Boogieman was created out of love for the life kids should live and the heartache that the families endure. Yes, we all know cancer exists. But you've never really known the ugly face of this cruel boogieman until it lurks into one of your family member’s homes.
Kitos Lucero, a native of Las Vegas, was first introduced to pediatric cancer when his 9-month-old nephew, Benji Sanchez, was diagnosed with brain cancer. Thankfully Benji is a survivor!
Kitos' first wall was created the day a good friend’s child passed away suddenly, within 72 hours, to leukemia. After the wall’s massive impact on the community, it became a place to smile and a sanctuary for the family to remember their angel. Kitos, along with his wife & local underground artist buddies, have continued to create beautiful walls around Las Vegas. They are big, bold, and colorful works of graffiti with a message that children’s lives are priceless and worth more than 3.8%.