A young cancer survivor had a wish granted on Saturday.
Ryan Harris, 17, was given a shopping spree by the Make-A-Wish foundation. Harris was diagnosed with cancer a week before Christmas, 2012. He formerly attended Bastrop High School, but had to be home-schooled after his diagnosis. After surgery and nine weeks of chemo, his cancer is now in remission.
“I look at a lot of things differently now,” Harris said. “I'm glad I had this experience because now I know how to help other people who are going through the same things.”
Harris is looking forward to hanging out with his friends again and returning to Bastrop High.
The Make-A-Wish foundation wanted to aid in his recovery and fulfill his wish to go on a shopping spree. The foundation made arrangements to have a limo pick him up from his grandmother's house and take him shopping in Monroe. The shopping spree lasted for four hours and he was taken to three different stores: Walmart, Game Stop and Academy Sports and Outdoors. The total amount he could spend was $2,625.
Before the limo even pulled up, Harris had a few things in mind to get including a flat screen TV, an X-Box, new clothes, a punching bag, two pairs of sparring gloves, 10 video games and a TV stand.
Harris took his mother, Shannon Gray, and best friend, Steven Pullen, along with him to help him shop.