HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. — The students at Rock Canyon High School in Highlands Ranch are raising money, raising awareness and seeing first-hand who they’re impacting.
Friday was the final day of their “Wish Week,” doing something no other school in the state has done for Make-A-Wish Foundation. They raised $72,517.79 with one goal in mind, to send 13-year-old Isaac, who has Lymphoma, on his dream trip to the Big Apple.
Senior Morgan Harrison said, “Our goal is grant Isaac’s wish and everything else is just extra.”
Isaac couldn’t be at the school assembly, he’s fighting a bout with the flu. But, his spirit was alive in the Rock Canyon Gym as students carried signs and pictures in his honor.
This is the fifth year students have participated in Wish Week and each year it continues to grow. Last year, the students raised money so that 10-year-old Mara could go on a Disney Cruise. Mara said, “I swam with dolphins.”
“Just hearing about their trip is what I love the most because we know that we made that happen for them,” said Senior, Riley Hayes.
Joan Mazak is the Founder and CEO of Make-A-Wish Foundation. She says the average wish costs about $7,500. All the money raised at Rock Canyon High will grant nine wishes. “We can’t do without groups doing this for us,” she said.
For the students, it’s more than about just raising money. “I’ve never seen a school come together, more. When we talk about kindness, it really is a thing,” said Harrison.
For the Wish Kids, like Mara, it’s a dream come true. “Thanks for making my wish come true.”