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Gabriel's Wish to Be a Yosemite Park Ranger

Yosemite. It’s the quintessential national park and to 8-year-old Gabriel it’s the perfect place for a wish.

This past summer, Make-A-Wish (Make-A-Wish Central and Northern Florida and Make-A-Wish Central California) and the National Park Service granted Gabriel’s wish to be a park ranger in Yosemite National Park. Gabriel, who has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome – a sometimes life-threatening connective tissue disorder that impacts the strength of skin, joints, and in Gabe’s case, blood vessel walls and the heart – took part in an action packed, unforgettable day. Watch as Gabriel fights forests fires, rescues a stranded hiker, and is sworn in as a full-fledged park ranger. For him, it’s all in a day’s work.

Gabriel’s wish is just one example of the more than 250,000 life-changing wishes Make-A-Wish has granted in the United States since 1980…and there are always more wishes to grant and more lives to change.

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June 25, 2012 - 11:25 AM

June 25, 2012 - 11:25 AM

June 25, 2012 - 11:25 AM

June 25, 2012 - 11:25 AM

June 25, 2012 - 11:25 AM

June 25, 2012 - 11:25 AM

June 25, 2012 - 11:25 AM

June 25, 2012 - 11:25 AM

June 25, 2012 - 11:25 AM

Julia W.

As a National Park Ranger, I would like to welcome Ranger Gabriel to our ranks!

January 16, 2015 - 10:31 AM

David Smith

Gabriel - We are so excited to have you join the ranks of National Park Service rangers. Please let me know if you are ever down in Southern California - I could use your help at Joshua Tree National Park.

March 13, 2015 - 11:12 AM

Caryn Davidson

Ranger Gabriel, you are an inspiration to all of us who work in the national parks! And yes, please come visit us at Joshua Tree National Park whenever you can! We'd love to meet you!

March 13, 2015 - 5:27 PM