Three-year-old Owen of Alaska had a hard time deciding on his wish.
First he thought he might like to be Spiderman, but that sounded pretty scary.
Owen kept thinking.
One day, Owen’s mom asked him; “If you could wish for anything, what would you want?” That’s when he knew. “I want my very own bath tub at my house!” he said.
Until then, Owen had to go to his grandparents or great-grandparents’ house to take baths. And even that was not always possible. Owen is battling Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH), a life-threatening blood disorder. During treatment, his port for chemotherapy meant he wasn’t allowed to take baths at all—only showers.
Owen and his mom met with the Make-A-Wish® Alaska volunteers and began planning. First, volunteers Dorothy and Tabitha needed to find a contractor to oversee the project. After some brainstorming, they found Steve, a local contractor.
Steve was no stranger to Make-A-Wish. “My son Ryan had Leukemia as a five-year-old, and we did a Make-A-Wish trip,” said Steve. “So I didn’t mind helping out.” Steve started the process of measuring the bathroom and figuring out how they could replace the stall shower with a tub.
“It was kind of cool,” Steve said about working with Owen and his mom. “We all shared our experiences.” Steve’s son, Ryan, experienced his wish to go to Walt Disney World® Resort more than ten years ago, and the wish experience left a lasting impact on the family and Ryan’s recovery.
Through a lot of planning and hard work, Steve and Owen’s Make-A-Wish volunteers gathered a group of people to grant Owen’s wish in time for winter. “It’s really fun to invite other people to participate in a wish…and people really come together in the community," said Tabitha.
Owen loves his tub. He can be found making Santa bubble beards, and he likes to color the bath water for his dinosaurs before bringing them in the tub. Owen’s mom reports that, just as soon as she drains the water from the tub, Owen asks, “When can I take another one?”
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Special thanks: wish-granting volunteers Tabitha Crocker and Dorothy Laiti, Miguel Montes Deoca and Lottie Ward, Miguel's Authentic Mexican Cuisine, Kevin Ginely, Jaime San Miguel & Staff, Home Depot, Bill Anderson, Aaron Plumbing, Tom Fisher, Steve Hallsten, SMRT Construction, Todd Hume, Frontier Plumbing, Geoff Welch and Travis Lewis, Date-Line Digital Printing, Mark Johns, K Supply