Sawyer says one of his favorite things to do with his friends is to “cause trouble outside.” He loves the outdoors and camping, especially building a campfire. During this battle with leukemia he was limited on what he could do in nature, so his wish to visit Yellowstone National Park was a great way to get outside and see some of the country’s greatest natural treasures.
During his visit to Yellowstone, Sawyer and his family visited the Grand Tetons, hiked, road in a covered wagon, and saw Old Faithful. The wildlife was abundant. Sawyer saw elk, a family of bears, and fished on Yellowstone Lake.
“Thank you, Make-A-Wish East Tennessee for planning the most wonderful trip,” said Sawyer’s mom Misty. “We had a great time. We were surrounded by the most beautiful scenery that could only be created by our amazing God!”
Sawyer’s anticipation for the amazing trip kept him motivated during his medical journey. The trip brought him strength, hope, and joy. Yellowstone was also a healing and rejuvenating experience for the family. Misty said they "came at a really good time, we needed some alone time!"
Sawyer’s trip was made possible through a charitable donation by Bristol-Myers Squibb. Since 2017, Bristol-Myers Squibb has donated $3 million to grant wishes across the country for kids battling childhood cancer.
“Bristol-Myers Squibb’s generosity allows us to ensure children like Sawyer experience the hope and healing that comes with a wish come true,” said Make-A-Wish® East Tennessee CEO Garrett Wagley. “There are few experiences more powerful than a wish come true.”