Wish kid Forrest knows more about cooking at the age of five than many adults. Even so, his parents Bo and Nicole were surprised when he wished to be a chef following a diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
As he battled his critical illness, including painful ulcers that formed in his mouth that made it difficult to eat, Forrest never wavered in his love for cooking.
"Even in the times when the chemo destroyed his taste buds and he could taste nothing or everything tasted terrible, he still enjoyed the activity of cooking," Bo said.
Forrest’s wish journey was filled with a range of custom cooking experiences with top notch chefs. From serving lunch on YoChef’s Mobile Gourmet with chef and wish dad Joseff to learning how to make chocolate gelato with chefs at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and cooking pizza with Jenna at Amore Trattoria Italiana, Forrest had many opportunities to hone his cooking craft. He even spent a day at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College where he was awarded a new chef’s jacket and prepared a Mexican feast.
His journey exemplifies the life-changing impact of a community coming together to turn a child’s dream into reality and provide hope, strength and transformation not just for the wish child, but the entire family.
“That is where an organization like Make-A-Wish comes in and they are exactly what not only your child needs but what you need as well,” Nicole said. ”They just give that life-giving boost.”
Make-A-Wish Michigan named Chef Forrest the organization's 10,000th wish kid at Wish Ball - West Michigan in May 2019.