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I wish to have a Star Wars LEGO Room Makeover

  • His smile says it all!

  • Surprise! John arrived at his house with more than 60 of his friends and family waiting for him

  • Our president and CEO, Paul Krueger telling John his wish was coming true

  • Happy Wish Day John!

  • First glance at his new room

  • John's Star Wars Lego Room – a place where he can be a kid, play, build and relax

  • Thumbs-up for his new room

  • Life-size LEGO character costume is a perfect addition to his LEGO room

  • The big blue LEGO is a custom-made table that folds out so John can make his LEGO creations on it

  • John and his family

  • John's Star Wars Lego Room – a place where he can be a kid, play, build and relax

  • John with his Adopt-A-Wish Partner Blair, Valerie, Landry and Grady Folkens

  • Enjoying his new LEGO sets

  • John's Star Wars Lego Room – a place where he can be a kid, play, build and relax

  • Make-A-Wish staff and a few of the many volunteers that helped make John's wish come true

  • John in his life-size LEGO character costume

  • There were many special guests at John's wish party!

  • John's friends waiting to surprise him!

“ This is an amazing thing, I can’t imagine anything better! ”

- Wish Mom Kim

Adopted By: Adopt-A-Wish

At the age of 11, John has faced much in his short life. Battling stage IV chronic kidney disease, John had a kidney transplant December 4. His mom, Kim, was the match. Miraculously, he was back in school at Lincoln Elementary just five weeks later.

“He is an amazing kid. He’s our little super hero,” Kim said.

April 12 was a special day for John as his wish for a Star Wars LEGO Room came true. When John and family arrived home shortly after 2:00 PM, his front yard was full of more than 60 friendly faces –including classmates, teachers, family, friends, local Make-A-Wish® volunteers and staff and Star Wars characters, including Storm Troopers and Darth Vader.

While John was out, the volunteers transformed an empty third floor room into a magical Star Wars LEGO Room, complete with a custom-made table to build LEGOs on, shelving with bright-colored LEGO doors, set upon set of Star Wars LEGOs and even a life-size LEGO character costume that he can wear.

John’s smile said it all. First, when he arrived at home to classmates and friends chanting “John, John, John and Happy Wish Day” to his first glance of his new room – a place where he can be a kid, play, build and relax.

“He was kind of speechless, to say the least…kind of overwhelmed, just like the rest of us,” his Dad Daro said.

His guests enjoyed sub sandwiches, cupcakes and other treats and each walked up the stairs to see his LEGO Room. They also had a chance for pictures with the Star Wars characters. As the party winded down, John was back upstairs discovering all of his new LEGOs and smiling from ear to ear.

A heartfelt wish came true: John’s wish. A wish to take his mind off of all that he has faced. A wish to give him and his family hope, strength and joy. A wish to celebrate how far he has come.

“This is an amazing thing,” Kim said. “I can’t imagine anything better!”

John’s wish was made possible by Adopt-A-Wish® Partner Blair, Valerie, Landry and Grady Folkens. Special thanks also to Brack Lee of Denver for creating the LEGO character costume, Duane Bickett of Sioux Falls for building the LEGO desk, Nicole Johnson and OnTrac FSD, Brown Transfer, Reed Yeager of Denver, Rob Keisacker of Sioux Falls for helping with the shelves and members of the 501st Legion for making an appearance at John’s wish.

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