It was just a few months before he was diagnosed and Jack, 5, fell in love with snow. Jack and his mother, Jean, were visiting family in Virginia when it began to snow. It was the first time Jack had ever seen snow and he immediately loved it. He went outside and played in the snow, he even got to go sledding. However, this snow storm didn’t last long and quickly melted, but ever since that day the memories of the snow stayed with him and Jack continued to learn more about snow and snowy places.
When Jack found out that his wish was going to be granted he knew it had to involve snow. He also knew it had to involve his other two favorite things, mountains and horses. Jack read and researched all the places that he could go and finally decided on his wish. “I wish to go to Vermont to see snow, go sledding, ride horses, and make snow angels”.
“Jack has always been an extremely happy boy even through his chemo treatment,” Jean said, “He has taught me so much. He is a lesson to me and everyone”.
Finally Jack was able to see snow again. Jack and his family stayed at Smuggler’s Notch Resort in Vermont and spent their days playing in the snow. “The accommodations were wonderful,” Jean said. The family was able to take ski lessons where Jack learned fun ski moves and loved showing them off to everyone. When Jack wasn’t skiing he made sure he was outside playing in the snow. He made snow angels, snow people, built tunnels and even got to go night tubing, Jack couldn’t be happier.
Throughout the trip, Make-A-Wish provided numerous other activities for the family to enjoy. “It is beyond words what your organization does. Jack wanted to see snow and you guys enabled that,” Jean said, “We were blown away with your generosity”. Among the activities that were provided one included a private tour of the Vermont Teddy Bear Company and Jack got to make his own teddy bear. Jack and his family also visited the Raven Ledge Farm where they were led on a carriage ride through the snowy mountains.
The trip could not have come at a better time. Jean said that the trip was a good experience for them all. Because of Jack’s sickness, they had been spending more time apart from each other. Days were typically filled with doctor’s appointments, leaving little time spent with the family. This trip gave Jack and his family the opportunity to spend quality time with each other away from doctor’s offices and appointments. After the trip Jean said that by just seeing Jack so happy was a wonderful experience for her and his dad.
A trip to see snow made memories that will last a lifetime.
**Jack’s wish was a part of the Macy’s Believe Campaign**