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Marines help grant wish

By Cpl. Orrin G. Farmer | | December 16, 2013

Jared Gonzales has been fighting non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma since August, completing his fifth round of chemotherapy earlier in December.  The Make-A-Wish foundation surprised Jared with a shopping-spree at Westfield North County Mall in Escondido, Calif. Like many 15-year-old kids, he wanted the new Xbox One. But Jared had a surprise of his one. He used all his extra shopping-spree money to buy toys for children at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego.

Once it was known that Jared expressed his desire to one day be a Marine, the Make-A-Wish Foundation contacted Marines from Camp Pendleton to join Jared on his shopping trip. On Saturday, Dec. 14, the Marines and Make-A-Wish made it all come true at the Jared and his family was greeted and escorted by three Marines from Headquarters and Service Battalion, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and employees of the mall during his shopping-spree.

Jared has missed nearly his entire sophomore year of high school after completing his fifth-round of chemotherapy. Jared is staying strong and getting better. He plans on graduating high school, going to college, and then joining the Marine Corps. It has been one of his long-time dreams.

To show your support or for more information visit his Facebook page “We HEART Jared”