Spark Joy, Create Hope: Benson Making Wishes Come True

Whether donating to nonprofits, sponsoring events, or volunteering with local organizations – the Benson team is always looking for ways to serve and help those in our community. We strive to foster an environment where our employees can Do Good alongside their colleagues, friends, and family.

Since 2013, Benson has supported Make-A-Wish Georgia. From the very first conversation between our two organizations, our mantra to “Do Good” has been a driving force behind our partnership.

With our partnership with Make-A-Wish Georgia, we have been able to make wishes come true on our team members’ and clients’ behalf each year. We believe that it is about more than just making a donation – it’s about making a difference. Your gift has contributed to a life-changing experience for many children and this year, you have helped to make Adrian’s wish come true.

Meet Adrian

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Even though five-year-old Adrian is non-verbal, he has always had a love for anything cowboy or rancher themed. He loves exploring the outdoors and visiting farms – especially ones with horses, goats, and cows. When playing, he would often pretend to live on a ranch and go around to gathering up all his animals. Adrian has a wild spirit and imagination!

As such, it was difficult when Adrian was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer. In addition to the tiresome treatments and COVID protocols, he also faced many medical complications. Despite it all, Adrian persisted with bravery and strength!

During one hospital stay, Adrian saw a YouTube video showing a Ranchin’ Rig. His mom said he watched it over and over again and has wanted one ever since. When the wish-discovery volunteers asked what Adrian might like, a Ranchin’ Rig and Trailer were at the top of his list!

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Happy Trails

On his wish day, Adrian was beyond surprised. All his loved ones gathered for a car parade and revealed his very own Ranchin’ Rig!

His dad, Miguel, says that because of his new rig, Adrian can be free. Since Adrian is non-verbal, it can be difficult for him to communicate his wants and needs, yet this Ranchin’ Rig provides him with fun, imagination, and lets him be in charge for a change.

Now Adrian rides around in the yard pretending to round up his animals like a cowboy would. Sometimes he even pretends to mow the grass, just like his dad. His best friend and cousin join him for rides, too. Together, they have so much fun!

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“Adrian rides around like he is rounding up cattle. It allows for him to be free and forget about everything he has gone through.” -Jackie, Adrian’s Mom

Adrian’s parents agree that this wish has left a lasting impact on him. Adrian has a new source of entertainment that provides happiness and joy. His wish is proof that “wishes are medicine,” and his entire family is so appreciative of wish supporters like Benson.

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Make-A-Wish Georgia granted 346 wishes during the last fiscal year and is targeting to grant 1,000 in the next two years. Thanks to generous partners like Benson, they can make wishes like Adrian’s come true!

To learn more about Make-A-Wish Georgia, visit Georgia.wish.org.

 

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