My wish was to meet Ozzy Osbourne. He is the reason that I first picked up the guitar and got involved with making music. When the annual summer tour, Ozzfest, came in 2003, I was delivered tickets by Make-A-Wish and told that I would get to go backstage and meet Ozzy in person. Naturally, I was excited to meet such an influential character in my life and also because this would be my first concert ever.
On August 18, 2003, I was picked up at my house by limo and driven to the PNC Bank Arts Center to see the day long festival. I was overwhelmed with joy as I got to see some of my favorite bands take the stage. Just as the third band was taking the stage, I was called to come backstage, where I walked straight into Ozzy’s room. Words can’t express how it feels to come face to face with such a legendary figure in your life. We sat down and talked for a bit, took pictures, and got some autographs.
Afterwards, I went back to my seat and saw the rest of the concert, which of course ended with a performance by Ozzy himself. This will forever be remembered as one of the greatest days of my life. I graduated from SUNY Binghamton as a studio art major and now work for Madison Square Garden as a Designer & Multimedia Programmer. I continue to paint and record music in my spare time.
My wish was a huge part of my recovery process and battle with depression after my third heart surgery. Since then, Make-A-Wish has become an important part of my life and I’ve been able to get through high school and put my hardships behind me.