Myles gets his ‘Jedi’ moment at Friendly City Days

 

Myles Bongaarts-Graham, 10, of Albertville enjoys a front seat ride with the fire department in the Friendly City Days parade. The department stopped the parade in front of Myles to inform him that his Make A Wish dream of attending Jedi Training at Disney World came true. (Sun staff photo Bill Nord)

Myles Bongaarts-Graham, 10, of Albertville enjoys a front seat ride with the fire department in the Friendly City Days parade.
The department stopped the parade in front of Myles to inform him that his Make A Wish dream of attending Jedi Training at Disney World came true. (Sun staff photo Bill Nord)

Myles Bongaarts-Graham got the surprise of his life as he watched the Albertville Friendly City Days parade Sunday, June 9.

Leading the parade was a team of Albertville Fire and Rescue engines, and when they got to Myles’ spot near his home right there on Main Avenue, chief Tate Mills stopped the trucks, got out and gave Myles some balloons.

The young man, age 10 and a student at St. Michael Fieldstone Elementary School, then got an even bigger surprise. Chief Mills alerted Myles that he had won his dream trip to “Jedi Training” at Disney World in Florida. That was Myle’s Make A Wish.

Myles has Hodgkins Lymphoma.

“He is currently in remission, which is great news!” Mills said. “Make a Wish contacted me late last week to see if we could present Myles his wish during the parade. He had no idea that his wish was granted and we got to tell him! It was truly priceless, the look on his face!”

Myles’ surprises didn’t end there. The chief then asked if Myles would like to ride in the front engine during the rest of the parade.

“We brought Mom and his brother A.J., also,” Mills said. “They loved blowing the air horns and the siren, then came back with us to the fire hall for a tour. He is a great kid!”

And that great kid is about to become an even greater Star Wars Jedi.

 

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