Thanks to the support of members from our local community like Station 16 Seafood Restaurant & Bar, Saul's wish to have video games came true. But his magical journey didn't stop there. The local restaurant invited Saul and his family to stop by, so they could meet him and see his resilience first-hand.
Saul, now nine-years-old, has been battling leukemia since early 2017. Due to his condition, he is unable to play outside with his friends as much as he would like. He wished to have video games so that he can still connect with his friends while being in a safe environment. Another passion of Saul's is firefighting. When he grows up, he hopes to be a firefighter, so he can save people. When Station 16 found out about his love for firefighters, they chose to enhance his wish journey by teaming up with the Sacramento Fire Department and providing him an unforgettable experience.
It was a very special moment when Saul found out that he was not the only wish kid there that day: Firefighter Derrick Perry was a Make-A-Wish® recipient when he was eight-years-old and battled the same condition as Saul, leukemia. Derrick and his crew presented Saul with a personalized helmet and a custom leather shield with his name embroidered on it along with some additional swag.
“It’s such a great opportunity for us to be here to make a difference and as firefighters, that’s what we’re here to do…we strive to make a difference and make a positive change,” says Perry.
A wish isn’t just a one-day occurrence. Granting the wishes of the children we serve is intended to create a lasting impact filled with hope, strength and joy. This experience for Saul has showed him that he can dream big and with a positive mind and determination, wishes do come true!
Saul added that this experience makes him want to become a firefighter even more when he grows up. Thank you Station 16 Seafood Restaurant & Bar for sponsoring Saul's wish and to the Sacramento Fire Department for enhancing this experience for him and his family.