Hunter Makes Friends with Police Officers

  • Enjoying his personalized cake at his wish party.

  • Hunter and his family.

  • Hunter and ALL his Chesterfield County friends.

  • Hanging out with a helicopter and its pilot.

  • Hunter checks out the Scuba Truck

  • Hunter IS the pilot!

  • Hunter and mounted police.

  • Hunter goes for a motorcycle ride in Richmond.

“This wish was absolutely amazing and it made memories Hunter will never forget.”

- Hunter's Mom, Jamie

Hunter, like so many 6 year-old boys, admires and is fascinated with first responders and their rescue vehicles. His wish came true as he experienced a weekend filled with interaction and rides with local and state police – AND – a helicopter ride!

In addition, Hunter’s wish culminated with a Richmond Raiders football game and a ride onto the field in the “Gator” rescue vehicle. Hunter, his family and over 4,000 people helped Make-A-Wish® Greater Virginia celebrate its 4,000th wish.

Hunter’s family wrote a thank you note:

I want to thank each and every person who made Hunter’s wish all he could have ever dreamed of. To see his smiling face and hear him say how happy he was is so heartwarming for me. It’s more than I could have ever asked for.

This wish was absolutely amazing and it made memories that Hunter will never forget. He still talks about all of the officers daily. I wish I could remember all of their names so I could let them know how they touched Hunter’s heart and made him so happy and thankful. He tells me everyday he loves all of them and is so glad they did all that for him. Make-A-Wish is a wonderful thing and I’m so thankful they gave my son a “wish” he will never forget. I’ve heard him wish only for a couple of things in his life and you all made one of his wishes come true and then some.

Thank you all so much for all you did. I wish I could hug each person front line, behind the scenes and all in between and tell them thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Love, Jamie Compton and Family

Hunter talks daily about all of the police officers. Make-A-Wish is a wonderful thing and I’m so thankful they gave my son an experience he will never forget”

— Hunter's Mom, Jamie

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  • VOLUNTEER HIGHLIGHT- Sarah Haggerty "My first wish interview several years ago was with a boy named Jackson. I remember feeling nervous as I drove to their home, uncertain of what to expect. He and his family were so warm and appreciative and when Jackson’s dad asked me how long I had been with the organization I told him this was my “first wish”. He smiled and through joyful tears told me this was his first wish too. Jackson will go to Germany this year! I don’t have a favorite wish but have favorite parts of many of the wishes I have been part of. They are all so different but have been equally as special. Some of the best experiences that come to mind are: • Watching Jackson’s parents tear up when Jackson, 10, described his wish to visit castles in Germany. • Watching Jah’Navi, 6, deliver cookies to all of the special people in the oncology department at CHKD to start his special wish day. Shortly after Jah’Navi’s passing, I received a card in the mail from his father, thanking me for making his day so special (a shopping spree) and telling me that I would always be part of their family. This is a letter I will never forget opening. • Revisiting Aaron, 5, for his wish sendoff party to Disney. It had been 6 months since his interview, where he was cautious, exhausted from his cancer treatment and shy. When we threw the sendoff party he greeted us at the door with excitement, smiles and loads of energy. It was so nice to see that his health had improved and he could be a little boy again! • Christopher, 4, was waiting at the window between the curtain and the window, waving to me with a huge smile and eagerly awaiting Heather and I to ring the doorbell. I think one of my wish families fathers described it best when he walked me to the door after our interview and told me that I was on the right end of what his son was going through. We are a diversion from hospitals, doctors and treatments. We are able to provide joy during a time of fear and sadness for the children and their families."

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