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November 17, 2021

13-Year-Old Boy Diagnosed with Rare Illness Uses His Make-A-Wish Offer to Feed the Homeless

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Many were astounded at a teenager's big heart when he made a decision that not many would make, leaving those on the streets with full bellies and singing in appreciation. 

Thirteen-year-old Adeola 'Abraham' Olagbegi was diagnosed with an uncommon blood condition called Aplastic Anemia in June 2020.

This disorder leads to bone marrow damage by way of the body not producing more blood cells. However, according to the teenager, since his bone marrow transplant in 2020, he has been doing well. 

Adeola ‘Abraham’ Olagbegi and his mother Miriam Olagbegi.│Source: youtube.com/16 WAPT News Jackson

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A BEAUTIFUL CHOICE

As a result of his condition, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an organization that grants wishes to children with critical illnesses, reached out to him, asking what he would like. Abraham's decision surprised his parents, with his mother, Miriam Olagbegi, recollecting:

"I said, 'Are you sure Abraham? You could do a lot ... You sure you don't want a PlayStation?'"

But her 13-year-old was adamant. The young boy decided that he would be using his wish to help feed the homeless. 

A woman from the Make a Wish Foundation handing out food to homeless individuals. │Source: youtube.com/16 WAPT News Jackson

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THE CONSEQUENCES OF KINDNESS

As a result, the Foundation granted the young man his request, organizing a day to hand out food in Poindexter Park to homeless individuals. They managed to feed 80 people. Make- A-Wish Foundation Wish assistant Linda Sermons expressed:

"When he is so easily giving to others at a time where everybody really should be supporting him. You just have to say that's a remarkable young man."

It doesn't end there. The Foundation set up a program to feed those without a home in that same park for a year. Specifically, every third Saturday for that period.

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Make-A-Wish Foundation Wish assistant. │Source: youtube.com/16 WAPT News Jackson

MORE THAN CONTENT WITH HIS DECISION

Abraham himself was deeply touched by the Foundation's decision to grant him his wish. The young boy spoke about how the homeless individuals would sing in gratitude at receiving food, expressing that it made him feel truly happy. The teen said

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“It is just a blessing to see people getting fed. When I leave, I am going to feel joyful.” 

People singing while food is being handed out to homeless individuals. │Source: youtube.com/16 WAPT News Jackson

What would you do if you had one last wish? Would you spend it on a car? A trip? Or would you follow in this teenager's footsteps and use your good fortune to uplift others?

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REWARDED FOR INTEGRITY

It was indeed an amazing gesture on the part of Abraham to help feed the homeless. However, sometimes the tables are turned, and those who find themselves on the streets end up being the Good Samaritans. 

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A homeless 50-year-old Sean Currey returned an 80-year-old woman, Evelyn Topper's lost wallet. The 12-year-old granddaughter of this elderly woman then raised $30,000 to thank him.

Sometimes it may seem as though those around us couldn't care. Nevertheless, evidence of angels walking everywhere, from hospitals to the streets, is always there if one only has the desire to look. 

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