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Air Force Reunites Wish Kid with Brother

Jonah Air Force reunion
Anyone with a great older brother or sister will understand Jonah’s wish. He calls his older brother, Jared, his best friend. But they haven't seen each other in months.

Jonah, 17, is working hard to overcome bone cancer. He had his right leg amputated below the knee to improve his chance at survival. Making it all harder: Jared was on the other side of the planet, where he serves in the Air Force. It made it harder on them both, with Jared’s mind often drifting to the challenge his little brother faces.


Make-A-Wish reunited them with the help of the Air Force. A story on the Misawa Air Base website will give you a detailed look at their reunion – and the unbreakable bond between Jonah and Jared. 

During my time at Make-A-Wish, I have written about a number of Air Force wishes – including other brothers who have reunited (be sure to watch the video). We’ve had wish kids who have been Air Force Academy cadets for a day. We’ve had numerous visits to bases, complete with behind-the-scenes experiences that are just not available to the general public.


Our Air Force also remember Make-A-Wish kids when they hold special events – from air shows to closed practices of the Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron. These are not part of wish experiences. They’re just opportunities for Air Force personnel to stand by the kids we serve … just because they want to help. 

Every time I see photos or videos of these wishes, I’m convinced the men and women in uniform enjoy them as much as the wish kids. They’re completely genuine, and I can tell they realize how much their time means to kids with life-threatening medical conditions. 

The Air Force isn’t the only branch of service that helps share the power of a wish®. Watch for future Wish Nation posts, and you’ll see the Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy. Each deserves its own post, so subscribe to make sure you don’t miss it!

Trusted Choice sponsored Jonah's wish to go visit Jared in Japan.

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