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Cole learns to lasso

Cole wished to go to Cowboy Camp <em>Photo credit: Jeff Shewmon</em> PHOTO: Jeff Shewmon

“ It was his first glimpse of a care-free life. ”

For Mike and Ginia, Make-A-Wish® was a way to help others. They had granted wishes together, and she had served as an Iowa chapter board member.

Then, their son Cole was born after they moved to California. Three days later later, he was diagnosed with Hirschprung’s disease. As he grew, Cole spent much of his time in hospitals. He entertained himself by watching an animated cowboy’s adventures. Doctors told Mike and Ginia it was his way to cope with his illness.

Make-A-Wish was already part of the family’s lives. But Mike and Ginia would soon discover first-hand what a wish experience can do for a family that’s exhausted and dispirited. Cole wished to be a cowboy … and to roast marshmallows.

Cole’s wish came true at the Circle B Ranch. He spent five days riding the trails with his 7-year-old brother, Kyle. He learned to lasso – and how to smile bigger than he ever had before It was his first glimpse of a care-free life. He rode into the sunset full of the world’s possibilities. The only thing Cole had on his mind?  The next ride on his favorite horse.

  • Cole learns how to lasso at Cowboy camp. Photo credit: Jeff Shewmon

  • Cole rides a horse with the help of a volunteer. Photo credit: Jeff Shewmon

  • Cole enjoys his cowboy wish experience. Photo credit: Jeff Shewmon

  • He takes control of the ropes while riding cowboy style. Photo credit: Jeff Shewmon

  • Cole’s wish experience takes him away from the worries of his medical condition – rejuvenating his spirits. Photo credit: Jeff Shewmon

  • : Make-A-Wish experiences – like Cole’s - restore strength and courage in wish kids. Photo credit: Jeff Shewmon

  • After a great day, Cole holds hands with a new friend and volunteer. Photo credit: Jeff Shewmon

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June 25, 2012 - 11:25 AM

June 25, 2012 - 11:25 AM

Joseph B.

You go get em, Cole. God Bless you, little cowboy!

April 08, 2014 - 1:48 PM

Asia S.

This makes me want to cry every time a read about little Cole. I know that God will bless you Little Cole in ways that you dont understand at this point in life. Jesus Loves You Cole

January 08, 2015 - 3:47 PM

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