Isaiah idolized George Lopez - an actor and comedian who finds humor in the antics of race, ethnicity, Mexican American culture and family, ultimately restoring a family unit.
But this 16-year-old faced the harsh challenges of acute lymphoblastic leukemia – a life-threatening medical condition that was taking its toll and the time he had left. Isaiah’s wish was a “rush wish,” according to Michelle Conrad, program services manager for Make-A-Wish® Orange County and Inland Empire.
It wasn’t the first time Lopez responded to a wish request on short notice. As he says in his show “I got this.”
The busy TV star takes the time to drive from his home to Isaiah’s home on Easter Sunday. In addition to the holiday, Isaiah’s family is in the midst of moving to a new house, but Lopez stays the afternoon anyway. The day becomes an event celebrating Isaiah, with Lopez blending in as one of the family.
Sadly, Isaiah died soon after. But - in a comment to Make-A-Wish - his mother, Gina, says the memory of Lopez’s visit helps to keep Isaiah’s spirit alive.
“George is very awesome and for a while kept in touch here and there even after Isaiah went to Heaven,” Gina says. “He became a member of our family because every time I see him he makes me think of Isaiah even more…Thank you Make-A-Wish.”
George Lopez has granted numerous wishes over the years for children with life-threatening conditions. His above-and-beyond efforts demonstrate his dedication to the mission of Make-A-Wish – enriching lives with hope, strength and joy. He was recently honored, along with other passionate celebrity wish granters, with the Chris Greicius Celebrity Award, presented annually by Make-A-Wish® America.
“George delighted Isaiah and also the other wish kids he’s met,” says David Williams, Make-A-Wish America President and CEO.