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All Aboard! Trent's Train Adventure


“ Getting that break away, to me it was priceless ”

- Trent's mom, Ann

Trent’s battle with a brain tumor doesn’t stop him from enjoying the same things as other boys his age. When wish granters visited Trent to determine his most heartfelt wish, it became very clear, it would be train related.

In 2016, Trent had undergone surgery for a brain tumor. Around this time a few people asked his mom, Ann, if Trent would be receiving a wish from Make-A-Wish. Ann didn’t think he qualified; however, she was curious and wanted to learn more. To her surprise, Trent was eligible, and soon would start his wish journey.  

Post-surgery, and participating in various therapies six days a week, Trent began to think about his wish…and trains. Six-year-old Trent loves trains, especially old-fashioned steam engines. He developed a special interest in trains from one of his favorite books “The Big Book of Trains” and his favorite TV show, Thomas & Friends™. He loves everything about them: from the way they look to the sounds that come from an old-fashioned steam engine. But what he loves most about trains is riding them.

“I like trains.” Trent told his wish granters simply. And with that, they began to discover Trent’s true wish and planned an incredible trip to Arizona, where Trent could have the ultimate train experience.

In May of 2018 Trent and his family jetted off to Arizona to explore the heart of the Grand Canyon by train.

In Arizona the trip was better than Trent’s parents could imagine. “They put him on a pedestal there,” said Ann. From the second they landed, they felt special as they were greeted by members of Make-A-Wish Arizona. Over the course of the next week, the family went on two historic train rides through the Grand Canyon. Trent was able to meet and sit with the train conductors and they even gave him a train whistle. 

Of course, the old-fashioned steam engine ride at the Grand Canyon was the highlight of the trip for Trent. Everyone on the train catered to him, even letting him play the fiddle. As the only child on the train he got some very special attention and all the passengers wanted to hear his story. “Everyone could see the spark in Trent’s eye,” said Ann. “It was truly very special.”

Trent’s family was so thankful they had the opportunity to have the whole family get away without stress. “Getting that break away, to me it was priceless,” said Ann. 

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