A Wish Comes True
Jakob Mueller breathes tennis. Since watching Roger Federer win the 2012 Wimbledon championship, Jakob has followed the sport (and Roger) with unbridled enthusiasm. He began taking lessons at a local tennis academy hoping one day to meet his idol on the tennis court.
In October of 2014, his tennis dream was put on hold after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. What followed was 6 months of chemo and radiation at Arkansas Children's Hospital and UAMS. Throughout his treatment, tennis was as much therapy as any drug injected into his veins. If he wasn't talking about or watching tennis, he got out on the court with his tennis family to practice in between treatments.
When he learned that he was eligible for a wish granting through Make A Wish there was little hesitation: meet Roger Federer at the 2015 U.S. Open. A tall order for most but not for the Make A Wish organization. The call came that he would get the opportunity to meet his idol only 2 weeks before the start of the Open.
In meeting Jakob and 2 other boys with childhood cancer, Roger Federer proved that his reputation as a caring and compassionate ambassador of the sport was well deserved. He laughed, answered questions, and provided gifts and autographs for the teens. It was a life-changing encounter not soon forgotten--by Jakob or his family.
It's hard to underestimate the importance wishes like these have victims on childhood cancer and their families. Hope is a precious commodity. By granting wishes like Jakob's, Make a Wish ensures that hope never disappears.