Inspiration comes with a view.

Inspiration comes with a view.

Gabriel, 8

connective tissue disorder | I wish to be a park ranger at Yosemite
National Park

After seeing the pictures his mother took on a trip to Yosemite, Gabriel knew exactly what he wanted to wish for: to live the life of a park ranger in one of the world’s most majestic places.

Living with his illness means many of Gabriel’s days are spent in pain, or at the doctor’s office, but once he put on his ranger cap he was running around like a kid without a worry in the world. “Happiness,” Gabriel said when asked what he was feeling about his Yosemite wish coming true. “Because I’ve been waiting so long and I’m really excited.”

The National Park Service, along with Make-A-Wish® staff and volunteers in Central & Northern Florida and Central California, helped make Gabriel’s day unforgettable. In one moment he was responding to a forest fire, in the next he was rescuing a stranded hiker. And once his duties were complete, Gabriel beamed as he took the official oath and was sworn in as a full-fledged park ranger.

“We’ll always look back on this trip in awe,” Gabriel’s mother said. “As he goes forward with these treatments he’s going to know ‘I’m really special, I’m a park ranger!’ and that’s really cool.”