A Bellevue boy suffering from cystic fibrosis has his wish to meet the Seattle Seahawks granted through national children’s charity Kids Wish Network.
Jake was born with cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening lung condition, and has been in and out of the hospital constantly since he was born. He must take daily medications, endures nebulizer and breathing vest treatments and is currently on IV antibiotics.
One of the things that helps Jake cope is watching football, especially when the Seattle Seahawks are playing. So, when he was given the chance to have a wish granted through national children’s charity Kids Wish Network, it came as no surprise that he wanted to meet his all-time favorite football team in person.
“It was amazing,” said Jake’s mother, Lisa, of her son’s wish. “This [wish] just gave him a chance to be a kid for once. He and his sister [who also has cystic fibrosis] go through so much – this was an amazing chance for them.”
Through the generosity of several local sponsors in Bellevue and Seattle, Jake was given the perfect weekend wish that included accommodations at the luxurious Hotel 1000, dinners each evening, a trip to the EMP Museum, a Duck boat ride and, of course, a chance to tour the Seattle Seahawks’ practice facility along with a meet-and-greet with the players. He also got fantastic seats at the Seahawks game against Cincinnati Bengals.
“I don’t know how it could’ve been better,” said Lisa. “It was such a thrill for Jake to see behind the scenes on the tour [of the practice facility], and meeting the team was something he’ll never forget.”
After watching the Seahawks prepare for their game against the Bengals, Jake saw the team heading his way when he heard a voice yelling, “Jacob! Jacob!” He looked around and called out, “Here I am!” and saw that the voice belonged to none other than his favorite player, Marshawn Lynch.
Running over to Jake, Lynch presented him with his own practice-worn gloves and a personalized jersey for Jake with his name on it along with Marshawn’s number, which he happily signed. Marshawn and the rest of the team also gave Jake a bag full of Seahawks gear and signed autographs, posed for pictures and just hung out with the beaming little boy.
According to Lisa, Jake was so in awe that it lasted through the night and he couldn’t wait for the big game the next day. “In fact, I think he slept with his helmet that night,” she said.
When Jake and his family arrived at the field for the game the following morning, the VIP treatment continued nonstop. They were greeted when they arrived and escorted down to the sidelines to meet the Seahawks mascot and hang out with the Seahawks cheerleaders, the Sea Gals, who gave Jake’s sister, Kasey, an official Sea Gals pom pom. During the game, the family had seats in the end zone and Jake even got the chance to meet Jacob Green, a retired Seahawk with the same exact name. For Jake, the whole wish was absolutely perfect in every way.
“I don’t even know how it could’ve been better,” said Lisa. “The look on Jake’s face was incredible – he was just glowing. Everyone was just so kind and the Seahawks paid so much attention to him … it was a significant event in all of our lives and we will remember this for a long, long time. Thank you so much.”
Others who helped make the wish come true included Woodmen of the World lodge 35 & lodge 84; Bizxchange; Hotel 1000; EMP Museum; Ride the Ducks of Seattle; Space Needle; and McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant.