CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Children battling life-threatening illnesses will have a new place in Charlotte to go to have their wishes granted.
The Make A Wish Foundation opened a new spot in Charlotte’s SouthEnd Tuesday. Each room is themed to represent wishes the foundation grants - including sports, travel, Disney, Hollywood and more.
Former NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. cut the ribbon to the new wish room, named after him. The new Dale Earnhardt Jr. Wish Room Make-A-Wish Central & Western North Carolina is located on Tremont Avenue.
That wish room is where they start planning a child’s wish. Earnhardt’s foundation has given a lot of support to help make this new Make-A-Wish location a reality. Earnhardt watched the magic of the Make-a-wish Foundation as a boy with his dad and at the track
“My father and other drivers set an example for me to follow and when I became a race car driver I never imagined that anybody would want to use their wish to meet me,” Earnhardt said. “Imagine that all the things that kids can do it’s unlimited and when their choice is you it’s insane what kind of feeling that gives you.”
A little boy’s biggest wish was to meet Earnhardt. Five years ago, Cainan Yaskiewicz’s dream came true through the Make A Wish Foundation.
Yaskiewicz, who battled leukemia from age 7 to 11, celebrated with Earnhardt as he cut the ribbon at the new wish room.
“To get to meet him a third time is just awesome and today I just Thank make a wish for bringing me back again to speak it’s just a privilege and I’m thankful for it,” Yaskiewicz said.
He described Dale as the medicine he needed during a difficult fight.
“It was basically my light at the end of the tunnel it was something that kept me fighting through the treatments....But I was like at the end of this I get to meet one of my heroes so this is good," Yaskiewicz said. "It was what kept pushing me through what I had to go through!”
Yaskiewicz is now 16 and healthy.
Those who wish to donate to Make-A-Wish, can do so here.