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Julian

Wish Alum, Julian, In 2006, my wish was granted to go to Disney World. Before my wish, I was diagnosed with kidney cancer with an unknown future ahead. 
 
The wish experience was beyond what I expected and I had an amazing time creating those memories with my family. It truly gave us a breath of fresh air and hope after such a difficult time in our lives. 
 
During and after treatment I realized that there are so many other kids like me that have gone through similar challenges. I felt lucky that I was doing well and was still able to do the things I love like play sports. 
 
Today, I am 15 years old; I am a sophomore at Don Bosco Prepatory High School in Ramsey, New Jersey. I currently play for their nationally ranked football team and also play basketball for the school while maintaining an above average GPA. This year I got 2013 defensive MVP award at the North New Jersey Football Combine and continue to be an active member of the Amateur Athletic Union for basketball through Team Blaze NYC. 
 
I am excited to join the Alumni Committee and "give back" what I received. I hope I can be an example to other kids and show them that they too can beat cancer and come back strong!
  • Julian opening some wish enhancements

  • Julian with his brother in 2006

  • Julian and his brother with Mickey Mouse in Disney

  • Julian with his wish granter Anthony Giudice

I hope I can be an example to other kids and show them that they too can beat cancer and come back strong! ”

— Wish Alumni, Julian, "I wish to go to Disney"

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