MONUMENT, COLO – Palmer Ridge High School is helping make a wish come true for a little boy this weekend.
Every year the school participates in Wish Week, a spirit week themed around Make-A-Wish. The students plan and manage it entirely, with guidance from an adult advisor. The schools feature a wish kid and center their fundraising activities around that child. This year it was Elliot. The 7-year-old had leukemia but is now cancer-free. He also loves outdoor activities, and his make-a-wish was to have a camper to enjoy his favorite things with his family.
On Friday, Palmer Ridge High School students honored Elliot during an all-school assembly with activities, decorations, and entertainment-themed around Elliot’s wish. That included a basketball game between three Palmer High School students and three staff members. Elliot’s family also received that camper he had so badly wanted.
“He’s pretty shy, so we had some ideas to get him involved, but he kinda wanted to sit back and watch, which is okay. But yeah, I’m just glad he was able to be here, and he sat in his little chair and watched everyone support him,” said Morgan Scarsbrook, a senior at Palmer Ridge High School.
Elliot’s wish did not stop there. On Saturday night, kids at the high school arranged for him and the eight-and-under rampage team to play with the Lewis-Palmer High School Rangers. Elliot was all smiles as he hit the puck with his fellow teammates to fans in the bleachers. Students involved in the event say it’s inspiring to watch him and his battle with his illness while at the same time not letting it get him down.
“Especially with a diagnosis like leukemia, that’s a big thing to undertake especially at the age of seven, so just to know that all these high school kids who are much older than him are here for him, I think that’s great,” said Ethan Twesme, a student at Lewis Palmer High School and volunteer.