Patrick is a 17 year-old from Smithtown. His love for history is what made him wish to visit Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.
In October of 2017, after visiting the doctor for a soccer related injury, Patrick and his family found out that Patrick was diagnosed with cancer. His family uprooted themselves to stay at the Ronald McDonald House in Manhattan so Patrick could undergo treatment. He underwent five surgeries and 17 chemotherapy treatments but the cancer still metastasized from his femur to his lung. Patrick then underwent immunotherapy but that too was unsuccessful. He’s now using chemotherapy pills to maintain the cancer’s growth. Patrick has pushed forward despite undergoing vigorous cancer treatment and graduated high school earlier this year.
In July, Patrick and his family were able to travel to Hawaii for Patrick’s wish. For nine days, they got to experience all that Hawaii has to offer. They hiked to the top of Diamond Head, enjoyed the ocean and pools, attended a luau, swam with the dolphins, and snorkeled with the sea turtles. Most importantly they got to see the historic sight of Pearl Harbor.
Patrick’s mother remembers how the smiles never left their faces from the moment their trip started. “It gave us a break from cancer,” said Patrick’s mother, “It gave us all happy memories for a lifetime. It gave us back the life we were all missing.”
Patrick and his family were able to come together and focus on happiness.
“I had the time of my life, and it was all because of you,” said Patrick, “I’ll always have a special place in my heart for Make-A-Wish.”