MASON CITY, Iowa – A wish came true for an Iowa teen battling leukemia, but it’s a wish that came a little bit later than expected.
13-year-old Jade Nickelson of Dumont was set to go on a shopping spree at Wal-Mart back in June, just days before the Make-A-Wish foundation planned on bringing him through the superstore, he became very ill, and his shopping spree was temporarily put on hold.
Thankfully, Nickelson recovered from his set-back and was able to make his way to Mason City on Saturday. He spent the morning touring around Wal-Mart picking out everything from DVDs to office furniture. Jade’s first pick of the day was a smart TV and entertainment center, and then, it was off to laptops and DVD players.
For someone who has been tirelessly fighting the battle with cancer, his energy did not give out, and Angie Edgington, one of the wish granters with the Make-A-Wish foundation, tells us that days like this are not only fun for the child, but it can be helpful for their recovery.
“It’s a very wonderful opportunity for Jade to get distracted a little bit from his battle, and enjoy his time, and Jade had a lot to be distracted by throughout the day, says Edington. Not only did his fun-filled afternoon bring him tons of goodies from Wal-Mart, but the group also enjoyed lunch at Plaza Mexico, spent time shopping at GameStop, and ended the day at Petco, where Jade had the chance to interact with some animals.
Jade’s day of wishes wasn’t the first for the organization. The Make-A-Wish foundation has granted nearly 3,000 wishes in its almost three decade long history. Wishes are granted to children between the ages of 2 and 18 who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.
If you know of someone who may qualify for a wish, visit www.iowa.wish.org or call (800) 797-WISH (9474).