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CJ Skates For His Dreams

CJ's wish to have an ice hockey rink in his backyard

“ It’s more than a hockey rink to us - it’s a symbol of everything he’s been through. ”


- CJ's mother

Hockey is a love and a passion for 15-year-old CJ. When he was undergoing treatment for stage 3 cancer, it was his love for hockey that kept him motivated to push through his treatment. “When you’re going through treatment for an illness, it’s important to set something in the future to look forward to and that’s what hockey was for me,” he said. “It was a goal that I had to achieve and I thought about it every day. It took my mind off the sickness and all the medicines and everything.”

When Make-A-Wish volunteers visited him to ask him about his wish, he was sure what he wanted but not sure it could happen. Because of the scarcity of ice rinks in South Florida and the difficulty in getting ice time, he wanted to have ice come to him – he wished for a synthetic ice rink in his backyard. The rink, which features a synthetic surface injected with a lubricant, is designed to withstand the South Florida climate and allows for normal ice skates to be used on it.

CJ and his younger brothers Brett and Corey are now enjoying the rink whenever they want – and CJ’s friends make their way over to the house when they want to skate for fun or work on their skills.

CJ’s mom Dawn said “It’s more than a hockey rink to us - it’s a symbol of everything he’s been through. His wish has been to get better to be able to play hockey so the fact that he’s out here ice skating in our backyard is really cool. To have this happen, I’m very grateful. I know what it means, I know how blessed we are and it means a lot to me that there are people who would care enough to make wishes happen for these kids.”

Wish Granters: Lydia Desnoyers & Melissa Maestu
Referred by Dawn George, his mother
Wish adopted by Mr. Jason Johnson

  • CJ's wish to have an ice hockey rink in his backyard

  • CJ's wish to have an ice hockey rink in his backyard

  • CJ's wish to have an ice hockey rink in his backyard

  • CJ's wish to have an ice hockey rink in his backyard

  • CJ's wish to have an ice hockey rink in his backyard

  • CJ's wish to have an ice hockey rink in his backyard

  • CJ's wish to have an ice hockey rink in his backyard

  • CJ's wish to have an ice hockey rink in his backyard

  • CJ's wish to have an ice hockey rink in his backyard

  • CJ's wish to have an ice hockey rink in his backyard

  • CJ's wish to have an ice hockey rink in his backyard

  • CJ's wish to have an ice hockey rink in his backyard

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