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You gave Kris the strength to pursue his dreams

Kris' wish helped him to see possibilities.

“ If you want something bad enough, there is a way to make it work. It might be a lot of work, but you can do it. ”

- Wish recipient Kris

Thirty-year-old Kris lives his life with many physical restrictions. But Kris does not let the limitations of muscular dystrophy keep him from chasing his dreams.

You reminded Kris that anything is possible when you helped grant his wish 28 years ago.

Kris' wish helped him to see possibilities.

As a kid, Kris quickly became an expert at continuing to do the things he loves while using his wheelchair to navigate his way around. He requires help getting out of bed in the morning, dressing himself and eating meals due to muscle deterioration, but he hasn’t let that slow him down. 

Thanks to you, Kris had the opportunity to focus on something else: being a kid. Kris qualified for a wish when he was three years old. He wished to go to his favorite theme park–an idea that previously seemed impossible because of his physical condition.

Kris spent the week with his family going on rides and meeting his favorite cartoon characters. “I had the time of my life,” he said. “Life can be hard with a disability, so wishes like mine give kids an escape.” 

Not only did you give Kris a break from the stress of having a disability, but you also helped him find the strength to pursue his dreams.  Kris’ wish helped him see the silver linings in life, encouraging him to accomplish his goal of becoming a graphic designer.

That’s when Kris decided to start his own graphic design clothing company: Snappy Clothing. “I love bringing other people’s ideas to life and have been doing freelance design work since I was 18 years old,” said Kris. “But eventually I wanted to start working on my own ideas.”

Kris’ designs came to life as he created his own website and taught himself design techniques. He draws inspiration from sports, friends, and whatever interests him in the moment.

Though Snappy Clothing seemed like the perfect idea, Kris still faced bumps along the road. Even so, he never let moments of frustration stand in his way. “Physically, I didn’t have a way to print and ship the shirts,” said Kris. “So I found a fulfillment service to help that automatically printed and shipped all my items.”

Today, Kris is a successful artist and business owner. As he reflects on the support he received growing up, Kris is extremely grateful for the Make-A-Wish community.

He offers advice to other kids with medical conditions or disabilities to make the most of their wishes. “Hang on to the memories and enjoy them,” said Kris. “Life can be difficult, but you have to live in the moment.”

You, too, can help kids like Kris see the power of their dreams when you make a donation. Every dollar counts and we have a record number of wish kids waiting to receive their wishes. Join us today in giving kids the wishes of their dreams and the inspiration to pursue their passions.

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