Common basket supports Clay’s wish

Margo Graff

ter being diagnosed with ALD (Adrenoleukodystrophy), Justin May, health teacher Alisa May’s son, was granted a wish by the Make-a-Wish Foundation. “His main wish was to go to Disney Land and train to become a Jedi,” said Ms. May. That whole week Justin was treated like a king; receiving presents every morning, meeting all of his favorite super heroes like spider man and being able to budge ahead of all the lines were a few of Justin’s special treatments.

Having to deal with a sick child can really put a lot of stress on the whole family and sometimes put families in debt––due to the amount of medical bills. With the Mays’ personal connection with the foundation the science department thought sponsoring a wish would be a good idea for the next common basket. After pitching the idea to the science department, BSM started to look for a child. “There are so many children on the lists at the foundation, but we really wanted to find someone with an autoimmune disorder like Justin because he was going to be a big part of this project,” said Ms. May.

Justin, having such a big impact on the BSM faculty and students through retreats, really encouraged students to help and get involved with this common basket. Hoping to raise enough money for half a wish, BSM surpassed their expectations by double; raising just under $6,000 and almost covering Clay’s entire wish. “We told the Make-a-Wish Foundation that we were shooting for $3,000 but in my mind I was hoping for $6,000,” said May.

Living in Ramsey, Minnesota, at the age of fifteen, Clay is faced with a life-threatening disease. He suffers from Wegenersgranulomatosis, a disease where the blood vessels inflame throughout the whole body, causing major problems in the kidneys and respiratory tract. The cause is unknown but it mainly affects people between their early forties to late fifties and kills 90 percent of its victims within two years.

Being a big fan of sports and baseball fanatic, Clay’s dream is to travel to the All-Star major league baseball game in California and maybe meet New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter as his wish. Clay threw the first pitch of the season at the BSM boys’ varsity baseball home opener on Friday, April 27 and sat with the boys in the dugout throughout the game, showing his appreciation for out community supporting his dream.