COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Air Force Academy and the Make-A-Wish Foundation worked together Thursday to grant one boy’s unique wish.
Colorado Springs native Cory Santiago is living with a birth defect that causes intestinal failure. In his short life, he’s already undergone 24 surgeries. Thursday was a special day to let him be a kid and forget about his illness.
Cory arrived at the Air Force Academy baseball field in style: on a fire truck, with crowds cheering. His team were dressed as minions, and took the field against Air Force Academy firefighters.
“What I’m really wanting to see is just him happy, having fun, just being silly like kids do, and having the time of his life,” USAF second lieutenant Konnor Moden said.
“People came together to make him feel special,” Cory’s mom Nicole Santiago said. “It means a lot.”
Cory’s mom said he’s doing well and making progress in his fight every day.