KSHB 41: Kansas City-area teen gives back to Children's Mercy through Make-A-Wish
By JuYeon Kim
As a Make-A-Wish recipient, 18-year-old Trenton Elliot could have chosen any surprise for himself. But instead, he chose to give back, donating five Xbox Series X and five PlayStation 5 gaming systems to Children's Mercy.
“I was nervous, but I was overall just excited for what this day would entail,” said Elliot, who has cystic fibrosis. “The hospital has just helped me out for the last five years that I’ve known I had cystic fibrosis, so I wanted to give back to them."
Elliot said he hopes the new gadgets will help ease the experiences of patients like himself and 16-year-old Reese Davis.
“Hospital time is very slow – almost feels like time freezes," Davis said. " And anything to distract you to pass the time helps you so much."
Trista Tate, Children’s Mercy’s volunteer program director, said the magnitude of Elliot’s donation will become twofold in years to come.
“If he would’ve gotten a wish, it would have impacted him in that moment," she said. "This wish is impacting thousands of patients for years to come.”
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