Kevin is hardly a typical teen. He has organized a silent auction that raised more than $1,300 for Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington. At the auction, Kevin tirelessly sold baskets filled with goods he had personally collected from local Spokane businesses. Beyond his incredible generosity, what sets Kevin apart from most of his peers is the medical condition he has battled for most of his life.
Kevin has Doose Syndrome, a rare and life-threatening form of epilepsy that causes between one and 100 seizures a day.
Kevin’s medical condition qualified him for a wish when he was eight years old. He chose a trip to San Diego to visit his favorite animals at Sea World and play with his most beloved toys at Legoland. “I cried the whole time because it was so overwhelmingly great to see him happy,” said his mother, Missy.
When Kevin returned home from his wish trip, Missy remembers him turning to her to say, “I had such a great time that I want to make sure all kids get their wishes.”
According to Missy, the trip reinvigorated Kevin and his family to continue living life to the fullest, despite his illness or any other battle that may have lay ahead.
Ten years and multiple surgeries later, Kevin has held true to his word. Today he is an entrepreneur, volunteer and philanthropist. Despite the many complications of his illness, he has achieved goals that most people don’t realize until their adult years, including completing a 50-mile bike ride to achieve his Eagle Scout badge.
Kevin’s commendable efforts don’t stop at Boy Scouts, and he always jumps at the opportunity to give back to Make-A-Wish locally. From scooping ice cream, to attending the Walk For Wishes®, to even giving up multiple birthdays to raise money for local Make-A-Wish kids instead, Kevin just continues to give.
This wish teen’s selflessness and compassion caught the eye of the larger Spokane community when he was awarded the Chase Youth Award for charity. It’s clear that Kevin won’t stop giving anytime soon. A spark was lit after his wish that will continue to move him forward into other meaningful efforts. Both Kevin and his mom live by Missy’s words; “You only live life once so you might as well have fun and do something important.”