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Cole Explores Yosemite National Park

  • Cole's family at Yosemite National Park

  • Glacier Point

  • Thumbs up for family fun!

“ Cole’s trip made us bond together as a family. ”


- Wish Mom Mariah

Adopted by: Chi Omega and Anonymous

Cole loves almost anything that involves being outdoors. He enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, and more.

When Cole was told that he qualified to receive a wish from Make-A-Wish® South Dakota, it was pretty easy for him to come up with what he wanted to do. Most importantly, he wanted a wish that would involve his whole family.  After meeting with wish granters and talking with his family, Cole knew that he wanted to go on a national park adventure, specifically to Yosemite National Park in California.

The family of seven were soon on their way to California. Their vacation entailed many excursions throughout the park. These included hiking, bus tours, conservancy tours with personal guides, zip-lining, and more! Cole’s mother, Mariah, stated, “Cole’s favorite part of his trip was going hiking all over and zip-lining.”

Cole’s wish was quickly coming to an end but they shared that they were so grateful. His mother commented, “Cole’s trip made us bond together as a family.” His wish also gave him encouragement and strength.

Thank you to everyone who helped make Cole’s wish come true. A huge thank you to Make-A-Wish® Central California for assisting in his wish, and a special thank you to Chi Omega at South Dakota State University and an anonymous donor for adopting this wish.


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