Teen Proves That Sometimes Small Wishes Matter the Most
The Make-A-Wish Foundation is known for giving children a chance to have their dreams fulfilled. For some kids this means becoming Batman for a day, but for others, like Austin James, it was as simple as riding on a train.
Austin is a 13-year-old with cerebral palsy. He lives and goes to school very close to train tracks but has never had the chance to ride the rails himself. So, on July 17, the Make-A-Wish Foundation arranged to have him ride on a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train, meet a conductor and take a look at the main control cab.
According to a BART blogpost, Austin, who is normally non-verbal, managed to ask the conductor to “go faster!”
While doing something that thousands of people do every day might not seem like a lot, anyone who watches Austin smile, clap his hands and bop up and down in his wheelchair won’t be able to deny the power of granting even the simplest wish. You can watch his reaction in the video below.
“I could see it in his eyes; he was amazed,” Ms. Nisey, Austin’s in-school aid said, according to the BART blog. “He will never forget it… And I am just so proud. It made me have a teary eye.”