Wish children can wish to go, wish to be, wish to meet, or as Hunter chose, wish to have. For someone like Hunter who has a passion for the outdoors and his monster pickup truck, a truck makeover would provide him with something he had wanted for a long time. So his wish to have a truck makeover was the perfect match!
Hunter was diagnosed with Pre-B Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) on April 6, 2011 when he was 16-years-old. The diagnosis allowed Hunter to have a fresh outlook on life, learning to live and enjoy every day, no matter what. Hunter decided upon a truck makeover wish so that he could have something to remind himself of his journey, accomplishments, and wish experience every day. A makeover of his truck would last much longer than a weeklong trip in Hunter’s eyes.
In August 2012, Hunter was surprised when his remodeled truck was driven out onto the track at halftime of the Moore War football game, two weeks earlier than he expected the truck to be ready. Hunter’s favorite part of his newly updated truck is the paint job. Being from Oklahoma, it makes sense that Hunter’s favorite color is orange. His truck features a hand-painted Pistol Pete mascot and OSU logo on the tailgate.
This granted wish provided Hunter with something to look forward to during treatment. It gave him the strength and determination that every wish child needs. Hunter is in long-term maintenance and hopes to be completely done with chemotherapy by July 2014. “Make-A-Wish® is a great organization for kids to have something to look forward to during the hardest parts of their treatment. My advice and words of encouragement for others in situations similar to mine are to stay strong and keep a positive attitude,” said Hunter.