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Ethan finds inspiration through Ark Encounter wish

“ There is nothing like seeing your child’s eyes light up when he feels so special like that. ”


- Wish mom Sarah

For 8-year-old Ethan, faith has played an important role in his life, especially since his diagnosis of a nervous system disorder.  

Since its beginning building stages, Ethan followed the progress of Noah’s Ark in Kentucky. The Ark Encounter is an attraction featuring Noah’s Ark built with the exact measurements stated in the Bible. Inspired by his faith and what he has read in the Bible, Ethan wished to see it in all its glory and learn more about how the Ark might have looked in biblical times.

The family of eight was overjoyed when the news came that his wish would come true.  “As a family, we were all excited to be able to do something to make Ethan feel special,” Ethan’s mom, Sarah, said. Favorite moments included viewing all the exhibits at the Ark, seeing the animals at the zoo on the Ark, and experiencing all that the Creation Museum had to offer.  Ethan especially enjoyed watching a movie in the planetarium at the Creation Museum.

After experiencing a wish firsthand, Ethan was so touched by all who were involved in making his wish come true.  His personal journey inspired him so much that he now wants to save up enough money to help grant a wish for another kid! Sarah shared, “He has been thinking of all the ways he can earn money throughout the summer.”

Ethan’s wish was something the whole family could relish. “It was a huge blessing for our entire family to have that time together,” Sarah said. “There is nothing like seeing your child’s eyes light up when he feels so special like that.”

Ethan’s wish was made possible by Adopt-A-Wish® partner Eric & Jamie Netjes and family.


It was a huge blessing for our entire family to have that time together. ”

— Wish mom Sarah

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