As a young boy, Alexander developed an interest in history. Fascinated by battleships, submarines and the Navy, Alexander spent several years hoping to one day visit Pearl Harbor.
After being diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia, Alexander, age 13, was given the opportunity through Make-A-Wish to have his greatest wish come true. For him, it was a no brainer. Alexander wished to go to Hawaii so he could visit Pearl Harbor and tour the USS Missouri with his family.
While the reason behind the trip was bittersweet, Alexander’s family was excited to travel to Hawaii. Alexander’s mom, Cari, recounts, “In the midst of uncertainty and being scared, it gave us all something to look forward to.”
From the time they boarded the plane to the time they arrived home, Alexander and his family experienced “a trip of a lifetime.” It took several individuals to make Alexander’s wish extra special, including the pilot who let Alexander see the plane’s cockpit. While in Hawaii, he and his family spend an entire day at Pearl Harbor. He was able to meet and befriend other wish kids as well as a World War II veteran. A highlight from his wish was going behind the scenes of the USS Missouri with his own personal tour guide.
Although Alexander’s condition requires indefinite medication throughout his lifetime, his family is thankful for the great response he has had to treatments. For someone with chronic myeloid leukemia, there are three stages to remission. They are happy to share that Alexander has passed the first two stages and is waiting to hear results from the third.