Tell us about your life now.
I’ve been cancer free for a couple of years now, but I go in for scans every few months. I am currently a freshmen at Austin Peay State University. Battling cancer has pushed me to be a healthier person, and I take fitness very seriously. I also love to be outside and play with my new border collie puppy, Kipper.
How did your wish impact your life when it was granted?
I did not go on my wish trip until a few months after I finished treatment. I was doing well health-wise, but emotionally not so well. Several of my friends had relapsed or recently passed away from cancer. I was feeling low and kind of guilty for doing well when my friends were not. My wish trip to Montana so I could meet Casey Anderson came at the perfect time. I needed a chance to get away. I needed time to laugh and have fun with my family. I needed that chance to not be surrounded by cancer and to breathe the fresh outdoor air.
Does your wish still have an impact today?
I still keep in touch with Casey today. I send him pictures of wildlife, and he tells me about his latest adventure. Since my wish, my family has been out to Montana several more times. It’s like a home away from home! I’ve fallen in love with the state and hope to move there one day.