It’s been a year since the last of Elijah’s eight surgeries. His tumor is gone – and so are the days he could barely speak above a whisper or manage to eat a single bite at breakfast.
As he settles into the saddle of Reno, his favorite horse, it’s easy to forget Elijah was ever sick. But not for his family: his parents, Heather and Timothy … his siblings Joel, Hannah and Ian. They stood by him for every treatment, every moment under anesthesia.
And now they’re with Elijah for the best experience of his life – his Make-A-Wish® trip to go out on the range. Twice a day, Elijah moseys to the stables at the White Stallion Ranch in Arizona to saddle up.
Today, Elijah looks like a young Gene Autry with his blue shirt, red bandana and broad grin. Every day so far, he’s dressed the part of a classic Old West hero. Yesterday, he was the Lone Ranger. His unbridled love for all things cowboy makes him a hit with White Stallion guests and staff.
Elijah takes Reno’s reins. The horse’s easygoing gait fills him with confidence. From the saddles, Elijah has a limitless view of the creosote bushes, the cactus, the mountains spanning the distance.
But his parents and siblings have the best view of all … the youngest member of their family riding under a blue sky and a warm sun – away from worry– into the rest of his life.