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Louis Climbs and slides Army style

Louis enjoys his army-themed fort.

“ Today is not about lymphoma – it’s about Louis, his wish and the promise of his future. ”

Army reservists march into Louis’ yard on a mission: to grant his wish and give him the courage to overcome Burkitt’s lymphoma.

Louis knew Make-A-Wish volunteers would grant his wish to have an Army fort. But the visit from the soldiers surprises him … and becomes the highlight of his wish. He can’t believe it. The people he idolizes are in his yard, hanging out on his new fort!

The reservists have gifts for Louis – dog tags, a sleeping bag, camouflage paint, a canteen and even a uniform just like theirs.

Louis is in high spirits, with a smile ready for everyone. He tackles the rock-climbing wall and finishes with trips down the slide. He hunkers down in the playhouse tower to hear stories about life in the Army. He learns how the monkey bars and rock-climbing wall are just like the obstacle courses that soldiers use for training. Today is not about lymphoma – it’s about Louis, his wish and the promise of his future.

And today is a turning point for Louis’ parents. They regain their confidence. Yes, Louis will win his fight with Burkitt’s lymphoma. They know that people care about Louis enough to grant his one true wish – and that he can turn to the memories of his wish for solace and strength as he gets well again.

  • Louis enjoys his army-themed fort.

  • Louis receives a camouflage uniform to help him look the part during his army adventures.

  • Louis gets face paint to prepare for his army fort adventure.

  • Louis tests his courage on a rock climbing wall – an obstacle typical of soldier training.

  • Louis enjoys his army-themed fort.

  • Louis enjoys his army-themed fort.

  • This wish kid chats with an army reservist who visited him during his wish.

  • With the help of an army reservist, Louis builds up his strength with his new monkey bars.

  • In high spirits, Louis glides down his new slide.

  • Louis poses with the group of army reservists that came to celebrate his special day.

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June 25, 2012 - 11:25 AM

June 25, 2012 - 11:25 AM


love it made me cry.. Job well done.. Those soldiers made a little boy and very very happy little soldier..

September 07, 2012 - 10:45 AM


it's stories like this that make me cry :)

September 29, 2012 - 4:13 PM


This made me cry. It touches my heart to now that someone cares for these children enough to help them make their dream come true. Those men have kind hearts to do this.

December 19, 2012 - 10:08 AM

McKenzie F.

this story is very inspiring and he never gave up on his dream..... Louis is a going to grow up and be a very strong man and he will succeed in life.

January 28, 2015 - 8:03 AM


Yay!! Louis!!! My son is a 19 mo. survivor of Burkitt's Lymphoma and a Wish Kid too! Way to go Louis Keep up the fight buddy!!!

February 18, 2015 - 9:17 AM


This is just wonderful, it makes me so happy for him! Bless this child and this organization!

February 21, 2015 - 7:30 PM

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