Four-year-old Bryan was receiving treatment for leukemia when Make-A-Wish granted his wish to go to Walt Disney World®. Although he was so young, Bryan remembers meeting the Disney characters and playing in the pool at Give Kids The World Village. His parents were so happy to see Bryan just be a kid and forget about the treatments he was receiving.
Bryan’s volunteer wish granter, a local firefighter, hosted a party for Bryan at his firehouse before he left for Orlando. Ever since, Bryan was determined to become a firefighter and paramedic. When Bryan completed paramedic training, his father contacted his wish granter, the firefighter who inspired his son twenty years before. His former wish granter Norm was even present at the graduation ceremony to present Bryan with his paramedic pin.
Most recently, Bryan joined the army and, as an officer, enrolled in medical school at the University of Miami. His experience with Make-A-Wish continues to shape how he interacts with people. He strives to make people feel comfortable by showing compassion and attentiveness…the way he feels Make-A-Wish treated him.
Wish Granter: Norm Engle
Referred by: Miami Children's Hospital