At just 17-years-old, Make-A-Wish recipient Spencer of Richland already sounds like a seasoned pro when it comes to sports broadcasting.
It all began after his diagnosis with cancer, when sports-enthusiast Spencer made a wish through Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington to be a Seahawks broadcaster for a day.
Spencer’s wish weekend kicked off with a trip to the Virginia Mason Athletic Center, where he met with Tony Ventrella, the Digital Media Host for the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Sounders FC, and asked him about his job. He spent the rest of his time watching practice, interviewing and participating in a press conference.
Not only did Spencer interview quarterback Russell Wilson and Al Michaels of NBC, but he attended the coach’s Friday afternoon press conference, where Coach Pete Carroll stopped all the reporters in the room and allowed Spencer to ask the first question. “Great question,” said Coach Carroll. “That was one of the best questions I’ve ever heard.”
Spencer had a chance to dine with some Seahawks players and ask them for career advice. He also attended a game against the San Francisco 49ers, where he participated in the pre-game radio show and sat in the broadcasting booth.
Since his wish, Spencer has continued to use his broadcasting skills while also helping wishes come true for other local kids. Spencer shared his wish story with KNDO and KNDU viewers during the Make-A-Wish Wishes in Flight® frequent flier mileage drive. He also created his own video documentary of the wish process to show his school, and he participated in the Corvettes on the Columbia event in Tri-Cities to help raise funds for wish kids.
“I want to give back,” Spencer said. “[My wish] has given me more perspective and the want to get more involved with Make-A-Wish.”
While Spencer helps other children celebrate receiving their wishes, he, too, has something to celebrate; Spencer was one year cancer-free as of November 2013.
If you want to help other kids like Spencer realize their wish, become a wish granting volunteer. We especially need volunteers in Spokane, Tri-Cities, South Sound and throughout Alaska. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Special thanks to: Wish-granting volunteers Nancy Foster-Mills and Darlene O’Neil-Servin, the Seattle Seahawks, Horizon Airlines, Tony Ventrella and Suzanne Lavender.