Porter’s a fun-loving, rambunctious and goofy three-year-old boy who enjoys spending time with his big brother, playing doctor and singing Elton John songs! What can we say? He’s an old soul! He has a leukemia but that doesn’t slow him down. He has the strength of his family and his very own cheering group, Porter’s Supporters, behind him every day!
Porter’s wish was to have a jungle gym in his backyard. He wanted a place where he could play, swing and dream without leaving the comfort of his yard. When Porter was told his wish would be granted by Make-A-Wish® Colorado, he couldn’t contain his excitement! One by one, the pieces for his play set started arriving at his home and the construction of his playhouse would begin! Porter wanted to help in any way that he could to speed along the building process, even if that meant grabbing a (toy) drill and trying to piece it together himself!
Finally, his wish day arrived. Porter’s friends, family and supporters filled his backyard to help christen Porter’s new jungle gym. It was a beautiful summer day that reminded everyone of how important it is to let kids have space to run and climb and just be a kid.
The jungle gym materialized before Porter’s eyes and soon he was clambering up the rock wall to stand above his friends and family gathered below. He paused for a moment; maybe to reflect on the long journey it had been to get to this day, maybe to realize how much he has overcome, maybe to think about the tough days ahead of him still, maybe to smile at love surrounding him, or maybe it was just a moment for him to catch his breath before racing down the slide and up the rock wall again.
Porter’s jungle gym gave him back some of the childhood that his illness had taken away. It’s a place for him to enjoy and celebrate life with his family, friends and army of supporters. He can run, climb, slide, swing and most importantly, be the silly, playful, Elton John-loving kid he is!