Ryder and his family attending Ryder’s boat presentation and naming event on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 / Photo credit: Paisley, KGRS-FM
Ryder’s wish was granted.
He got to spend time with his family on a boat sharing his namesake. Thank you to everyone that came down in celebration and cheering him on. Thank you to John and Bluff Harbor Marina and all the folks directly involved in making this happen. Ryder’s story and more details on his Make-A-Wish® event appear below — along with some very special photos from Ryder’s day.
Ryder’s story and Make-A-Wish® event details:
UPDATE from Make-A-Wish®: 12:53pm Tuesday, October 2, 2018:
Current plans are that we won’t be in the water, so the boat parade is cancelled. This is to avoid any dangerous situation from winds that could be in the 20-to-30mph range with gusts to 40mph Wednesday afternoon. The boat presentation and naming event onshore is still a go at 2:00pm Wednesday, October 3, 2018. You are still wanted near the Bluff Harbor Marina shore for a celebration, and you are encouraged to bring signs/posters bringing good wishes to Ryder!
Full story below (with information in the update above taking precedence!):
Make-A-Wish® Illinois invites community members, area boaters to participate in area boy’s wish:
Boat Presentation event at Bluff Harbor Marina in Burlington, Iowa
Ryder, Age 3 ½ of Monmouth, Illinois loves boats. On December 15, 2016 Ryder was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia at the age of 14 months old. Ryder has spent the last year or so in the hospital receiving treatment. When he was a patient at Seattle Children’s Hospital for cancer treatments this past year for his recurrence of Acute Myeloid Leukemia, he was calmed through enjoying many hours of watching big boats and visiting the Naval station.
Ryder’s fascination with boats and desire to have more time enjoying the water with his family is turned into his wish to have a boat of his own. With the boat, he and his parents and sibling will be able to enjoy the water despite the progression of his disease. Make-A-Wish Illinois wish-granting volunteers Lori Menke and Gary Judy are inviting the community and boat owners in the Burlington, Iowa and nearby boating areas to join Ryder and his family for a boat parade to celebrate the ship-naming ceremony, boat launch, and maiden voyage of Ryder’s boat to be named “Ryder’s Wish”.
Once in the water, recreational boaters are asked to follow Ryder’s Wish for a mini boat parade. Make-A-Wish volunteers are hoping to get as many boats on-shore as off-shore, and attendees are encouraged to bring signs and well wishes. Make-A-Wish asks that you do not crowd or overwhelm Ryder or his family in order to make the experience a safe and enjoyable one for him. The plan is to put the boat in the water for a maiden voyage as long as Ryder is feeling up to it.
When: Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 at 2:00pm
Where: Bluff Harbor Marina – 800 North Front Street, Burlington, IA 52601
Contact: Janet Bantz Glavin, Senior Community Engagement Manager, Make-A-Wish Illinois, 309-530-0080, Glavin@illinois.wish.org
Make-A-Wish® creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. They seek to bring every eligible child’s wish to life because a wish is an integral part of a child’s treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight their illness. Since being founded locally in 1985, Make-A-Wish Illinois has granted more than 14,000 wishes and continues its mission to share the power of a wish® with children in all areas of the state.