Make-A-Wish makes a difference

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Updated: 12/10/2012 8:59 am

8-year-old Gabriel Fairbank is a survivalist in training.

"You don't know if everything is going to go out, no power at all and you only have the back woodsman way to survive," Gabriel says.

For as long as he can remember the young survivalist has been fascinated with the outdoors.

When he was six Gabriel was diagnosed with leukemia in December of 2010.

"That experience was a life changing experience for us as a family and leukemia is considered a life-threatening illness," Gabriel's mom Micheline Fairbank says.

And because it is considered life-threatening Gabriel was eligible for Make-A-Wish.

Once he was through with the most substantial part of treatment his doctors nominated him for MAW.

Gabriel's wish was to meet someone he'd been admiring on the Discovery Channel.

"Cody Lundin, because he's just a really cool expert about surviving in the wilderness," Gabriel says.

In August of this year his wish was granted.

Gabriel got to meet Lundin and spend a day with him to get some one on one lessons about survival.

Now Gabriel is a bit of an expert himself. During the interview he got down on the floor and showed us how Lundin can make a fire with what he calls the bow-drill.

Micheline couldn't be more happy with the experience her son got.

"You have the memories and you see how that impacts the child's life after wards and how it really effects their ability to just cope," Fairbank says.

A memory the family is going to have forever and carry with them as the take each day at a time.

"Leave the past behind you and you look forward and everyday is a gift and everyday we get to spend with him is a gift," Fairbank says.

According to Fairbank, Gabriel is doing very well and is over half-way done with his treatment. He will take his last dose of chemotherapy in April of 2014.

But Gabriel isn't along, our local chapter of Make-A-Wish Foundation grants about 30 wishes annually.

Another child and family will be gifted this year.

On Friday, a Carson City teen's wish is going to come true.

The local chapter of MAW will be giving the teen her surprise on National Believe Day.

Her wish was to get her car a make-over.

She will be presented her newly made-over car during an event at Macy's at Meadowood mall on Dec. 14th at 5pm.

MAW wants to get the word out about their Believe Campaign. People of all ages can write their letter to Santa and drop it off at Macy's. Each letter will bring $1 to the local MAW.

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