There’s a new logger joining the Blum Creek Timber Company in Essex County, Vermont. Keegan, who has a neuromuscular disorder that impacts the peripheral nervous system, was up for an experience that would stick with him forever.
When Keegan, a 6-year-old boy from Vermont, is exploring the forest, thoughts of his treatment seem far away. His favorite TV shows feature natural sights and outdoor adventures as well, and they fuel his desire to become a logger. So when Make-A-Wish® offered to grant Keegan’s wish, his choice was easy: to go on a day of logging.
When Keegan spent the day in the forest with the Plum Creek Timber loggers – riding around in a logging truck thoughts of treatments seemed very far away. Plum Creek even shut down its operations to personalize his wish and have a dozen lumberjacks cater to his ambitions.
The Plum Creek Timber loggers were delighted to make Keegan part of the crew, dressing him in logging clothes and inviting him to see an active logging operation. Keegan’s face lit up. He pushed his shoulders back and puffed out his chest with pride as he walked with the crew.
To complete his wish, Keegan and his family spent four days at Jay Peak Resort after his day of logging.
The morning after his wish, his mom spoke about Keegan’s new logging boots.
“He really didn’t want to take them off last night before bed,” she said.
Photography by Julie Richards