Spokane man regifts Make a Wish present from childhood




Posted on March 18, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 18 at 8:00 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--Make a Wish grants between 75 to 100 wishes a year in Eastern Washington. One of the wishes from a teenage boy has lived on years later, and now for someone new.

Make a Wish gave a Spokane boy, Oshyn Woods, his own rocket ship in 2007. He wants to help others by passing along his gift.    

The model rocket is similar to an Apollo Mission capsule.

“We've had it for about six years, since Oshyn was 14, and we're glad we can give it to someone who is equally open to helping the community," said Woods’ brother Jonah Spiegel.

The rocket traveled along Spokane roads Tuesday starting around ninth and Perry and working its way to its final destination at 37th and Glenrose.

“It was built for me with a wish, from Make a Wish,” said Woods.

Woods watched from his house Tuesday as the rocket he received when he was 14-years-old left his yard. Woods said now that he is 20-years-old he is ready for someone else to enjoy it.

The same company that built the rocket is the one that moved it Tuesday. Once the rocket arrived at its new location, crews worked carefully to place it in Joe Bruce’s yard.

"When I can impact a child's life, and do something exciting with a kid in the space program, I can't tell you how happy that makes me,” said Bruce, a NASA volunteer ambassador. 

Bruce was building an observatory in his yard. He said he hoped to use the rocket to recreate missions for local students.

"It's sort of that paying it forward for Oshyn and his family,” said Bruce.

Staff with the non-profit were excited to help the wish live on for someone new. Bruce said it is a wish he has had since he was a child.

“I would have loved to have this, so now I'm a big kid and it carries that dream on and I get to have a rocket ship in my yard,” said Bruce.

The rocket has a new location but has the same mission: bringing out the childhood imagination in someone who loves outer space.

Make a Wish said they are always looking for kids in need of a wish. Wishes can be granted to children with a life threatening medical condition between 2 and a half-years-old to 18-years-old.