A Stillman Valley teen had a wish come true this past weekend.

Literally and figuratively, because 17-year-old Ruger Taylor celebrated the end of a long battle with cancer according to WIFR.

Taylor's wish was to go on a shopping spree and Rockford's Gustafson's Furniture and Mattress were happy to oblige.

Gustafson's Furniture and Mattress Facebook:

We are so honored and thrilled to have been a part of Ruger's Make a Wish Day! Thank you so much Make-A-Wish Illinois for thinking of us when Ruger was looking for recliners for his Gaming Room.

Rockford Fire and Police Departments were also in on the wish as they provided Taylor an escort to the store.

Taylor, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma last fall told WIFR " I'm getting like, furniture, a TV stand, maybe a new TV, a recliner, a little table to go next to it."


Photo by Tanaphong Toochinda on Unsplash
Photo by Tanaphong Toochinda on Unsplash

I've always wondered, how does Make-A-Wish work? First, if you have a child who qualifies for a "wish" you have to apply. Then it looks like a volunteer comes by to get the idea, followed by designing the experience.

The third step is referred to as "Wish Anticipation." According to makeawish.org "we take each child on a journey designed to build excitement and provide a welcome distraction from medical treatment."

The fourth but final step is the experience of the wish itself, just like what happened with Taylor at Gustafson's. However, that's not where it all ends.

Really, the most important part is the impact of the wish, "A wish gives more than just hope – with an incredible and lasting effect on the lives of sick kids, their families, and wider communities."

According to Wish.org:

For every wish we grant, there are three more children with critical illnesses whose wishes need your financial support.

There are many ways that you can get involved to help other people battling cancer like  Taylor, by either volunteering or making cash donations.

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