Zachary Stumpf, left, shares a moment with his parents, Jennifer and Philip, and brother, Clayton.
ALTON — Zachary Stumpf is a 13-year-old teenage boy described by his family as caring, quiet, helpful and always putting others first.
His favorite foods include beef jerky and macaroni and cheese. Zachary’s favorite color is red and he loves to play basketball. His family says he cannot wait to be well enough to get back out on the court.
In 2013, Zachary and his family received the devastating news that he had leukemia. Despite the difficulties the teen has faced, his positive personality remains intact. When Zachary was asked his most heartfelt wish, he wished to go to Disneyland. On Wednesday, Dec. 17, Zachary’s wish will be granted. He and his family will be flown out to California, where they will be able to enjoy a week submersed in Zachary’s wish. He is most looking forward to Cars Land in Disney’s California Adventure Theme Park and Legoland.
The impact of a wish come true empowers children with life-threatening medical conditions to fight harder against their illnesses. Zachary’s parents initiated the referral to Make-A-Wish Illinois. Wishes like Zachary’s are made possible through the Make-A-Wish Foundation with the generous financial support of individual, community and corporate donors. The organization especially thanks volunteer wish granters Norma Glazebrook, Dennis Dentelman and Kathryn Eames.
For information, call (217) 544-9470 (800-978.9474, toll-free) or visit www.illinois.wish.org.