When volunteer wish granters Ted and Dar met wish kid Reed, they noticed how soft spoken he was, but were impressed with how much research he had done when deciding on his dream wish. Although diagnosed with Leukemia, Reed is a your typical 17-year-old boy. He loves spending time with friends and is very close with his siblings, Noah and Emily. He enjoys the outdoors, especially hiking, fishing, hunting, and being around animals. When asked what his wish would be, he answered “to go on a safari in Africa”. He really wanted to see and hear the sights and sounds of the wild animals and sleep in a tent under the stars.
Reed, along with his mom, brother and sister, soon set off for ten days in South Africa. They spent time riding cable cars through Cape Town, exploring the wildlife at the peninsula, and driving through the game reserve in Mossel Bay where he saw his favorite animal, the giraffe! He even was able to interact with lions, birds and monkeys in the Tsitsikamma National Park, see an ostrich farm, explore caves near the wildlife ranch in Oudtshoorn, and dive with crocodiles. All of these activities, coupled with pitching his very own tent and sleeping among the exotic African grasslands, made this a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
On one of their last nights, five giraffes came out for a drink of water and stopped at the watering hole outside their window! Reed’s mom said that it was the perfect ending to their trip. She even said “trying to get used to ‘normal’ life again after living in a dream” was going to be difficult. It was truly an unforgettable trip for everyone involved.