There are few phenomena that capture the imagination like the Aurora Borealis. For a child like Isaac, seeing the dazzling lights of the North was a wish he needed to face the daily challenges of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).
In March of 2018, Isaac’s wish to travel with his parents and seven brothers and sisters to see the Northern Lights in Alaska was granted.
Isaac’s wish experience reads like many people’s bucket list.
He viewed the northern lights three nights in a row, calling it the most beautiful thing he has even seen. He experienced a quintessential Alaska adventure with a powerful pack of huskies pulling a speeding dogsled and musher along a snow-packed trail. He pet the velvety noses of reindeer, the magical creatures of Arctic regions. Isaac and his family also received a special tour of the Museum of the North.
They visited four different fire departments in the area where Isaac rode in firetrucks, including taking a turn aiming the fire hose of a firetruck. And while at Fort Wainwright Fire Department he was made an honorary firefighter with all honors, rights and privileges and promoted to the rank of captain.
Isaac was able to spend time with his family, relax, have fun and experience something he had never seen before. He came back with a new sense of strength to push through treatments and continue battling ALL, and live life to the fullest. He and his family all agreed that it was the trip of a lifetime!
Next up, Isaac will continue to pursue his passion of becoming a firefighter, thanks to his friends at the Rhinelander Fire Department. Since his diagnosis in 2015, he’s spent countless hours at the fire department, learning more about the trucks that he loves so much. He makes the trip once every couple of weeks, sometimes more, sometimes less. But each time he leaves with a smile on his face. Isaac has his own gear with his name. On the sleeve, a yellow ribbon showing his battle with cancer.
You can see more photos from Isaac’s wish on Make-A-Wish Wisconsin’s Flickr page, flickr.com/makeawishwisconsin.
Wish Granters: Mayme Hoffman & Michele Bergstrom
Sponsors: World’s Largest Cranberry Cheesecake; Maihaugen Foundation; Peter Duback