The 8 Most Badass Make-A-Wish Foundation Wishes

#4. Erik Flips Off Animal Rights Organizations

In 1996, 17-year-old Erik, suffering from a brain tumor, wanted to kill a bear.


Now, before you fly to the comment section to complain, you should know that the bear was a Kodiak brown bear that was in season in Alaska at the time. Make-A-Wish prepared all the proper paperwork and permits to make the hunt go through. It was during this bureaucratic period that numerous animal rights groups leaped into action, trying to stop the trip.

Heidi Prescott, director of the Fund for Animals -- and someone who frequently misses the point -- offered Erik a camera so that he could take a picture of a bear instead of killing it. Pierce Brosnan, a terrible actor, invited Erik and his family to the film set of Dante's Peak if Erik would call off the hunt. In a move that should shock no one, Erik declined both offers.

"I got all the Brosnan I could handle in the GoldenEye game."

As the big trip grew nearer, activist groups began to place more and more pressure on Make-A-Wish to stop the hunt. Groups held protests and inundated the Minnesota branch handling the wish with angry phone calls and letters. But, come on, this kid is actively dealing with a bear and a fucking brain tumor; what chances do your puny letters stand?

Ultimately, the attempts to stop the trip failed. One early morning, without warning, the boy, his father and their hunting guide took off to an undisclosed location in Alaska to hunt the bear. The results of the trip were never released, and honestly it doesn't really matter. The real point of the trip was for Erik to spend one last weekend with his family doing what he loved most. He got that.

"You only get one bullet, son. Then it's just you, the bear and a bowie knife."

Although Make-A-Wish chose to stay away from hunting wishes after the PR disaster this one brought, another organization soon stepped in to fill their place. Hunt of a Lifetime now fulfills all the animal-killing wishes sick kids can handle. We doubt they care too much what animal activists think.

So if you're sick and want to go out fighting rhinos with a machete, they're your best bet.

#3. Ben Makes a Cancer-Fighting Game

Bay Area Make-a-Wish Foundation

9-year-old Ben was having difficulty combating the nasty side effects of chemotherapy needed to fight leukemia. Instead of just sitting around and moping about his struggles, he decided to turn the tables and challenge cancer to a duel on his terms: Ben wished for a video game, starring himself, that was all about beating the shit out of invading cancer cells.

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That wish was made with the stipulation that Electronic Arts have nothing to do with it.

Ben's trouble's caught the attention of LucasArts game designer Eric Johnston who, inspired by Ben's story, convinced LucasArts to donate their facilities for use after hours. After six months of working together, Ben and Eric released Ben's Game in 2004. In the free downloadable game, users play as a character modeled after Ben as they "zoom around on a skateboard" and fight cancerous cells, battle monsters and stave off the negative effects of chemotherapy. It's Ben's little way of saying "Sure, in the hospital cancer puts up a good fight, but in the game, I'm kicking its ass and also I have a skateboard."

"Who's laughing now, cancer?"

Because Ben is a better person than anyone reading or writing for this website could ever hope to be, he specifically designed the game to help other children with cancer, not just himself. Ben's Game is installed in hospitals all across the world and available for download. Ben created a way for young cancer patients to deal with their chemotherapy in a way that was fun and accessible. At 9 years old. Download it here.

It's great for sick kids and bored college students trying to ignore the lecture.

#2. Ezra Gets the L33t Treatment

While many players of Blizzard's World of Warcraft see the game as an outlet to another world, few needed it as much as 10-year-old Ezra Chatterton, who had spent several years battling a brain tumor. Ezra long wished to play WoW, but his father refused due to the family not being able to afford a proper computer or account. That all changed when Ezra's house tragically burned down and all his toys were destroyed. In response, a computer (and a new house) was purchased, and Ezra and his father quickly took to bonding as they journeyed through Azeroth together.

"Look, son! An orc tea-bagging a night elf!"

Blizzard soon caught word of the both tragic and wonderful story of their game bringing a struggling family together and quickly partnered with Make-A-Wish to bring Ezra to their main office in California in 2007 for a day of fun and adventure.

Ezra received a tour of the company, but his real reward came in helping the design team create a series of content for the game: most notably a character named Ahab Wheathoof, voiced by Ezra. Ahab sends the player on a quest to rescue his lost dog -- an animal based on Ezra's pet dog.

Apparently Ezra's dog could viciously murder you.

The fun didn't stop there, however, as later in the day Ezra's character was increased to the then maximum level of 70. He was also given a ton of gold and, most awesomely, limited exclusive rights to the Ashes of Al'ar -- a super rare phoenix mount added to the game that day.

One day, science will be able to engineer real flaming birds to help sick kids.

The last thing Ezra did before heading home was receive temporary admin power, in-game. While he may have been weak in our world, for a short time he was the most powerful character alive in Azeroth. Ezra used his newfound powers to obliterate some of the newest, toughest enemies the game had to offer like it wasn't even a thing. In the years to come, Blizzard would donate $1.1 million and $800,000 directly to Make-A-Wish.

Better known by Blizzard as "22 minutes worth of profit" and "16 minutes worth of profit."

#1. Erik Becomes a Superhero

Make-a-Wish Foundation of Alaska & Washington

For his wish, 13-year-old Erik wanted to become a superhero.

A few days later, Spider-Man called asking for his help. Spidey alerted Erik that the dreaded Dr. Dark and Blackout Boy, a new supervillain duo (played by Edgar Hansen and Jake Anderson from The Deadliest Catch), were terrorizing the people of Seattle. They'd captured the Seattle Sounders MLS team and were holding them hostage in their own locker room. Spider-Man explained that he was busy, and he knew that Erik was really just the secret identity of the superhero Electron Boy, so he begged Eric for his help in saving the day.

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He also gave Eric a DeLorean. Because Spider-Man is the shit.

Eric got into costume. He got his magic lightning rod. And he was ready for action.

After being escorted to the stadium, Erik met with fellow hero Lightning Lad, who instructed him to free the soccer players by blasting open the locker room doors with his lightning rod. The Sounders were free, and everyone was celebrating on the field when the Jumbotron POPPED to life with a message from Dr. Dark.

Make a Wish Foundation of Alaska & Washington
Who apparently has an IV bag of evil.

Dark explained that he and Blackout Boy had positioned themselves at Puget Sound Electric and were holding one of its employees hostage. Erik was off to battle again, riding alongside 20 police officers, as well as over a thousand Seattle citizens who spent all day cheering on the young boy wherever he went.

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Congratulations, Erik, you win at childhood.

After freeing the hostage, Erik's big day ended with a climactic showdown with Dr. Dark and Blackout Boy at the Space Needle. Upon seeing the two villains, Electron Boy attacked with his lightning rod, freezing both of them in their tracks. The police apprehended the villains and the day was saved!

Soon after the event, City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw claimed the day to be "Electron Boy Day." When asked for comment, Erik responded, "This is the best day of my life."

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We've never looked that cool doing anything.

And that's what wishing is all about.

To contribute to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, click here.

Matthew Culkin is a junior English major at Tulane University. Reach him for comment or writing opportunity at, or follow him on Twitter.

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