There was not a dry eye in sight on Thursday, February 7, as the students of Great Falls High School presented Make-A-Wish® Montana and seven-year-old DeSean with a check to change his life. The student body had raised enough money to send DeSean to the Walt Disney World® Resort, a place he had always dreamed of visiting.
When DeSean was diagnosed with Duchenne’s, a rare form of muscular dystrophy, his grandmother emailed Make-A-Wish®. “I wanted to do something really special for him, but I knew I couldn’t afford it,” Debbie Logan said. Requiring constant care and living with the possibility of being confined to a wheelchair by the age of twelve, DeSean’s grandmother knew her grandson deserved a dream vacation.
The students at Great Falls High, having lost a classmate who was once a wish kid, wanted to do their part in giving back to the organization. They raised money through various homecoming activities, such as holding a “coin war” competition and “fill the bucket” campaign. Not only were donation buckets passed around at football games and other school events, but student leaders decided to use money raised from their prom to complete the contribution.
The student body may have done an extraordinary thing for DeSean, but they were the ones truly impacted by the young boy. At the pep rally, a freshman band member handed DeSean his drum sticks on his way out the door saying, “we are the heart and soul of the band” and “we would like you to know our hearts and souls fly with you.” Thanks to Make-A-Wish® Montana and Great Falls High, DeSean will be able to let go of his worries, and enjoy himself in the happiest place on earth.