Little Boy's Big Dream Comes True at Yosemite National Park
Gabriel Lavan-Ying was born to be a park ranger. But the 8-year-old from Gainsville, Fla., lives with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), a group of life-threatening disorders that affects his connective tissue. Still, the young man has always dreamed of being outdoors, protecting wildlife and rescuing anyone in danger. So when Make-A-Wish Central California heard about Gabriel’s wish to “see cool things like waterfalls,” it worked with Yosemite National Park to make his dream come true.
On June 3, 2014, Gabriel traveled to Yosemite Valley and became an honorary park ranger. On that day, the 8-year-old helped put out fire, assisted in a search and rescue operation and earned his badge and credentials.
“To him, it wasn’t a day; he’s an honorary park ranger,” Gabriel’s mom, Tara told OutsideOnline.com. “And that’s what he is, forever.”