Make-A-Wish Grants Cancer Fight Full Ride to College

Arizona's Make-A-Wish foundation helped this cancer fighter make a huge educational stride!

Jaime Gamez has been struggling with cancer for a while. Now that he's in remission, the 18-year-old decided it was time to pursue his college education. All ready to fill out financial aid forms at Universal Technical Institute in Avondale, Jaime was granted an unexpectedly generous surprise.

News 12 reported UTI President Kim McWaters walked him into a room full of cheering strangers when she announced:

“I am ecstatic to tell you that 100% of your tuition has been paid by the generosity of this room. Congratulations.”

Gamez was in disbelief that his training position as a diesel mechanic was solidified by Make-A-Wish and fellow UTI partners.

“Yeah, paying for it. That’s crazy. That’s like, almost $50,000 paid for. That’s more than I could ask for."

Great consideration came in when Jaime made his choice of what wish he requested be granted by the foundation.

“I picked this to be my wish more because I thought of long-term situations instead of short-term act. I want it to be something I can go forward with my whole life. Instead of like, ‘Oh, I saw someone one day and that was it.'”

Well, you know what they say: "Closed mouths don't get fed." And much like his mind, Gamez's future is looking bright.

Photo: News 12/ Rich Prange

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