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May 1, 2013

A wish granted

Seven-year-old battling cancer surprised with new camping trailer


Allison Loper, who works for Make-A-Wish, was also there, and said it was a joy to see Ryan find out the trailer was his.

“Seeing the look on Ryan’s face was so priceless,” she said with a laugh.

There was another surprise, too. Both sets of Ryan’s grandparents, and even his great-grandparents, made the trip to the dealership before he arrived and hid in the back of the store.

After they gave him the trailer, they all came out to hug and congratulate Ryan.

“He couldn’t wait to show all of them the camper and walk them through it,” Nate said.

And there was a lot to show. The camper has a bathroom, shower, sink, stove, microwave, dining table and sleeps eight people.

“It’s a really, really nice trailer,” he said.

After that, Nate hooked it up to the back of his truck, and the family hauled it back to Kokomo, where it’s now parked out in front of their house.

Ryan slept in the camper Saturday night with his dad and younger brother, Zach, camping out on the street.

“He must have been pretty tired from all the excitement that day because he fell asleep in five minutes,” Nate said with a laugh.

Nate said the plan is to use the camper every weekend the family has free. He said they have trips scheduled to camp out with family in Ohio and at a Jellystone Park campground in September for Ryan’s birthday.

“It’s really great for Ryan to have some fun things to look forward to,” Nate said.

Even though Ryan has a brain tumor, Nate said he’s still going to school and playing little league baseball.

“He’s taking it pretty well,” he said. “He’s battled through all his treatments, and he’s holding up pretty well. Right now there aren’t too many side effects.”

And as long as Ryan keeps battling, Nate said there will always be camping.

“Ryan wished for a travel trailer because he loves to camp and explore the outdoors,” he said. “And his wish has been granted. We thank Make-A-Wish for making his dream come true.”

Carson Gerber is a Kokomo Tribune reporter. He can be reached at 765-854-6739, or by email at carson.gerber@kokomotribune.com.

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