If you’ve followed our blog at all, you’re aware that for the last several years at our Open House Field Day that we have held a fundraiser for our local chapter of Make A Wish. We sincerely appreciate the charity and giving spirit of our guests. However, rarely do they get to see how their generosity impacts any of the children they’re helping.
Recently, Jan Walker, Gold Dust CEO Bill’s wife, was helping grant the wish of a local boy when things went slightly sideways on them at the Medford Airport. But it does have a happy ending. What’s great about this story is the franchise of one of our customers (not knowing Jan’s affiliation with Gold Dust or In-N-Out’s generosity at our annual event!) was more than giving in helping make his wish come true. Now, in Jan’s words, here’s how In-N-Out’s Medford, Oregon store manager helped her and a friend make a boy’s wish even sweeter:
Gold Dust has held Make A Wish fundraisers at our Annual Open House each August. Our participants have helped raise money for the many wishes that the Oregon Make A Wish Organization have provided to children facing life threatening health conditions. Katie Walker (Weston’s wife) and I have been active wish grantors and are often asked at our annual fundraiser about some of the wishes that the fundraiser has helped. Some of those are local children that are granted wishes. This is a story of one recent wish that was granted to a local boy, Krue Johnston.
Krue was diagnosed with Duchene Muscular Dystrophy in 2015. A friend of mine, Kay Ratliff, who is also a wish grantor, and I took on Krue’s wish. After meeting Krue it was discovered his wish was to go to a sandy beach, snorkel, fish and swim with dolphins in the Bahamas. The magic of granting wishes to a wish child becomes real when wish grantors are able to announce to the child that his wish has come true. Krue’s wish to go to the Bahamas happened last May. He and his family flew to Nassau from Medford. One of the duties of wish grantors is to be at the airport to help the family on to their flight and intercept any problems. We were happy to be part of the excitement of beginning Krue’s wish.
While waiting for their plane, they planned to eat dinner. Unfortunately the airport restaurant was closed. Krue said he would love to have an In-N-Out Burger and Fries. This is where we come in to grant one more WISH!
As you may be aware, we supply In-N-Out with potatoes for their delicious french fries, and luckily for us there was a newly opened In-N-Out store in Medford. I took the families’ orders and drove over to the In-N- Out for their dinner. While there, the wonderful store manager helped prepare Krue’s special wish. She asked what size t-shirt Krue would wear and gave a coveted In-N-Out t-shirt to deliver to Krue. She provided Krue’s meal, an In-N-Out hat, stickers and games. Sadly we did not get the Medford store manager’s name, but we sincerely thank her and In-N-Out for the kindness to Krue.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have participated and so generously contributed to our cause for Make A Wish. You have made a dramatic difference is many children’s lives who become Wish children. Krue had a wonderful trip and was able to swim with his dolphins, he got to snorkel and be in the white sand that he was so looking forward to. Thank you and hope to see you all again at Gold Dust’s Open House this August.
As Jan said, we hope to see all our guests at this year’s Open House and Field Day, and thank you to all for supporting Make A Wish. This story shows the caliber of people we do business with and the quality of folks they hire. Thank you again for helping make wishes come true!
One final thank you before wrapping this up – thank you to Krue’s mom, Tracy, for sharing his story and pictures from his wish. It’s a joy to see what Make-A-Wish is about!