Imagine your school coming together to reveal that your one true wish was coming true! This is what happened to 9-year-old Barry when his fourth and fifth grade class worked together to give him the ultimate surprise... the big reveal that his wish to meet his favorite singer was coming true!
Barry was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at a young age. When approached by Make-A-Wish® volunteers, he knew right away what he wanted to wish for. As a huge fan of the movie and music from Despicable Me, Barry wished to meet his favorite singer.
In 2014, Barry and his family arrived in Florida for what became a once in a lifetime experience. They attended the singer’s concert and enjoyed a private meet and greet where they took pictures and got autographs!
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Today, we are happy to share that Barry is 13 years old and cancer-free!
His wish gave him the strength to keep on fighting. With his treatment behind him, he joined his first sports team and currently plays on his middle school’s flag football team. Just like many other teenagers, he enjoys playing video games and spending time with his friends.
As the years go on, the memories of his wish continue to be as vivid as they were back in 2014.
Barry and his family still cherish every moment of his wish. For them, those moments serve as joyful reminders of their Make-A-Wish® journey and are memories that will last them forever.
“We want to thank the staff at Make-A-Wish® for helping Barry to replace some of the traumatic memories of cancer, with wonderful memories of his time spent with his favorite singer that he will keep for a lifetime” Barry's family said.