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I wish to go to Alaska

  • Joel fishing for salmon

  • Wish Kid Joel

  • Wish Kid Joel

  • Joel enjoyed his ATV tour

  • Wish Kid Joel & Family

  • The whole family enjoyed their ATV tour adventure!

  • Family ready to catch some fish!

  • Joel on his horseback trail ride

  • Joel & Siblings at the Exit Glacier

  • Joel & his parents

  • Wish Kid Joel

  • Joel & Siblings

  • Wish Kid Joel

“ ...we could celebrate Joel's journey back to health... ”

- Wish Parents Jared & Becky

Adopted By: Adopt-A-Wish

Joel, 14, of Sioux Falls took a summer vacation that he will never forget.

His wish was to go to Alaska with his family, a wish that came true in July 2012.

Joel has been going through treatment for Burkitt’s Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system.

Along with his parents, sister and two brothers, he and his family enjoyed the beauty of Alaska, along with many fun activities.  They experienced white water rafting on the upper Kenai River, horseback riding, an ATV tour, sightseeing at Kenai Wildlife Refuge and fishing.

His wish was made possible by the 2011 South Dakota Law Enforcement Dinner and Brandon Valley Middle School’s Wax Museum Fundraiser.  “We will never forget the wonderful experience you made possible,” said Joel's family.  


Joel and our family went through some difficult times but Make-A-Wish® was a bright light during those times giving us all something to look forward to. ”

— Wish Parents Jared & Becky

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