4-year-old boy’s wish comes true with help of Make-A-Wish Foundation

Young cancer patient’s wish: Ride elevator, punch buttons, count floors

Author: Myra Arthur, Reporter, Anchor, marthur@ksat.com
Published On: Sep 27 2012 07:38:40 PM CDT
Allen gets his wish
SAN ANTONIO -

A 4-year-old boy suffering from pelvic cancer had one wish that was to ride in an elevator, punch all the buttons and count all the floors.

On Thursday, Alan Sanders' wish came true at the Weston Centre in downtown San Antonio.

With the help of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and all 900 tenants in the building, Alan and his family were greeted on every floor to cheers, balloons, streamers, cookies, toys and even Sponge Bob Square Pants himself.

“We just wanted to ride an elevator and let him boss us around,” said Alan’s mother, Judy Sanders. “We were not expecting this! This is amazing!"

Alan’s wish was what the Make-A-Wish Foundation calls a “rush wish,” meaning it was put together in a matter of days rather than months.

“In some cases the doctor will call us and say this wish really needs to happen now,” said Amy Hone with Make-A-Wish. “So that's what happened here. And we put it together in just a few days and it has turned out just fabulous."

Alan’s entire life has been dictated by his disease. His wish was about letting him have at least an afternoon of control.

“Anytime we can do something he wants, if it means going to the 5th floor and pushing a button, that's what we will do,” said Alan's mother.

According to Hone, Alan’s wish might have had the most people participating out of any wish come true across the country.