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Charlie in Alaska: The Beginning of a Cancer-Free Life

  • Charlie gets a behind the scenes tour of the cockpit.

  • Charlie's wish of flying in a seaplane comes true.

  • Charlie meets dogs in Alaska.

  • Charlie's about to embark on his Alaskan seaplane adventure.

  • Charlie's adventure takes him on a glacial cruise.

“ Our trip... provided a lifetime of memories in a way that only a special place like Alaska could. ”


- Felicia, Charlie's mom

Charlie, from Texas, was diagnosed with leukemia before his third birthday. Over the years of chemotherapy treatment, his family tried as much as they could to take him away from the hospitals and spend time outdoors as a respite from his medical life.

Throughout his battle, Charlie dreamed of the outdoors. He began studying Alaska and the fishing, hiking and adventures he wished he could experience.

Charlie’s day dreaming soon turned into a wish-come-true when he went to Alaska. The wish turned out to be everything he had dreamed of and more. “Charlie loved seeing a black bear in the wild,” said Felicia, his mom. His other favorite trip highlights were fishing, Alaskan food and flying in the sea plane. 

According to Felicia, the wish has served as a wonderful end point to a five-year battle with cancer. “It gave Charlie a positive experience related to his cancer that he will remember for a lifetime,” she said.

Of course, visiting the Last Frontier gave Charlie’s family an appreciation for Alaskan life. “Our trip... provided a lifetime of memories in a way that only a special place like Alaska could,” she said. “We will never forget meeting so many wonderful people that made Charlie and our family feel special.” 

Their journey with Make-A-Wish will not end with Charlie’s Alaska wish. In fact, it’s only just begun. “Seeing what Make-A-Wish can do for family will certainly inspire us to find ways to support future wishes,” said Felicia. 

We are always in need of local volunteers in Alaska to help grant wishes to kids like Charlie. To find out how you can change a life, visit the Volunteer section of our website today. 

Special Thanks: Wish-granting volunteer Darlene Allen, Make-A-Wish® North Texas, Kenai Fjords Glacier Cruise, IdidaRide Sled Dog Tour, Kenai River Trout Anglers, Alyeska Resort, Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

Seeing what Make-A-Wish can do for family will certainly inspire us to find ways to support future wishes. ”

— Felicia, Charlie's mom

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