When wish granters met with Rocco, 11, he shared that scooting and skating with his friends was his main motivator to getting healthy throughout all his medical treatments. Rocco has Langerhans cell histiocytosis, a disease in which the body accumulates too many Langerhans cells, a type of white blood cell, which caused a brain tumor in his cerebellum. Because doctors started Rocco on an intense treatment typically reserved for people who have leukemia, he had to miss school for a year. Whenever he had the energy, he would head to a skate park, and, when he couldn’t leave his hospital room, he would make fingerboards and skate around indoors. “It’s hard to keep him down,” beamed Rocco’s Dad.
When Rocco wished for a skate park in his backyard, Make-A-Wish teamed up with more than two dozen community donors and volunteers to grant his wish. Members of the Associated General Contractors of San Diego Erickson-Hall Construction Co., Front Rock Inc. and Santec joined forces, along with our new friends at Skatelite. It takes a community to grant every wish!
More than 100 friends, family, and donors joined Rocco and his family to unveil his backyard skate park. "I think it's the best,” Rocco said of his private skate park, “like it can't get any better than this.”