Boy With Incurable Condition Goes On Big (Adorable) Adventure

A little bit of joy can go a long way towards helping a sick kid feel better.

Gabriel Lavan-Ying, 9, battles an incurable and painful disorder called Ehlers Danlos syndrome, CBS News reported. To give him and his family a much-needed break from hospital visits and daily stress, the Make-A-Wish Foundation helped him become a park ranger for the day at Yosemite National Park.

Gabe helped put out brush fires and spent the day in nature, all thanks to an organization that has granted more than 250,000 wishes for sick kids in the past 35 years.

There’s a lot more to this than just sending a family to an amusement park,” David Williams, Make-A-Wish President and CEO, told CBS. “This is not a fluffy, just nice thing that we do. This is really, really important. It is not a dying wish, it is not a last wish. This is a wish that in many cases is going to help them get better.”

For Gabe, and the thousands of other children who’ve been granted wishes, the experience is not one that will be soon forgotten.

Watch the little park ranger in action, and learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation in the video below:

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