Make-A-Wish® Maine surprised 16-year old Nicholas Farmer of Harpswell with his wish come true: a brand new 2013 Honda TRX450R ATV.
Nick qualified for the Make-A-Wish program after being diagnosed with lymphoma. During treatment, doctors also discovered a heart issue causing Nick to undergo pulmonary artery surgery last December.
“He’s had a very rough year,” said Nick’s Mom, Julie. He is now in remission and has a stress test tomorrow to check his heart. “He’s a trooper and if anyone can do it, he can.”
Nick asked for an ATV as his wish to replace his old ATV that is frequently breaking down. Make-A-Wish worked with Tri-Sports Inc. (who provided a discount to the wish-granting organization) to ensure they were purchasing the exact model Nick would love.
“He’s going to love it,” said Julie. “Everyone knows how good Make-A-Wish is, but it has been kind of unbelievable. Our volunteers are awesome.”
Though he is an avid rider, Make-A-Wish required Nick to take a safety course, which he did with his grandfather last fall in preparation for the wish. One of his favorite activities is riding with his friends and cousin.
In addition to the ATV, Make-A-Wish also provided Nick with a safety gear package (helmet, gloves, goggles, boots, elbow pads, and chest protector), registration fees and insurance coverage for one year.
To top off the wish, the Topsham Trailriders ATV Club gave Nick a membership to their club. Volunteers, donors and supporters celebrated with a pizza party for Nick and his family when he received his ATV (and before a surprise limo whisked him away from the party when it was finished).
“Nick is an absolutely wonderful young man and deserves nothing but the best,” said Make-A-Wish volunteer Kathy Hunter. “We are thrilled to bring a little bit of joy into his life.”
Make-A-Wish Maine is grateful for support from volunteer Wish Granters Kathy Hunter and Christen Stewart, Topsham Trailriders ATV Club, Tri-Sports Inc., and Portland Limousine.