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Make-A-Wish Foundation makes Alma Center boy's dreams come true


Alma Center (WQOW) - Many of you have heard of the Make-A-Wish foundation. It is a non-profit organization that grants wishes to children who suffer from life-threatening medical conditions.

Recently, an Alma Center boy had his wish come true.

Nine year old Jaden Rowekamp loves to snowboard. His older brother Justin got him hooked on the sport when Jaden was only four and they soon became regulars on the slopes. But then something happened that almost sidelined Jaden for good.

"Jaden was 5 years old when he was diagnosed with leukemia. A-L-L, Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia.  He was diagnosed on March, 5th of 2009.  And he went through 3 and a quarter years of treatment," says Kari Matalas, Jaden's mother.

That's when the Make-A-Wish foundation stepped in, and what better wish to give a young snowboarder than the chance to hit the slopes of Lake Tahoe with the greatest snowboarder in the world: his hero Shaun White.

"We got to go snowboarding, and go shopping, and go on stage with him," says Jaden.

But that wasn't all. It happened to be Jaden's birthday as well, and he was given a party he will never forget.

"I got two Shaun White shirts, a hat, and he signed them," says Jaden.

It was a dream come true for a young man who has been through a lot.

"It meant a lot, well especially to him.  Going through what he has gone through, I think every child that goes through that deserves something like that, and it's something that Jaden will never forget," says Kari.

Jaden's last treatment was this past June, and although he will need monthly checkups for the next few years, doctors say his outlook is good.

In the mean time, he is going to continue doing what he loves...snowboarding.

If you'd like more information on Make-A-Wish, click here.

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