But the 13-year-old’s wish isn’t for a trip around the world or the latest gaming console. Instead, he chose to feed the homeless in his hometown of Jackson, Mississippi, for a year.
It started in June 2020, when Abraham was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a rare and life-threatening blood disorder. The disease is a form of bone marrow failure that prevents her from producing enough blood cells to feed her body.
Because the disease damages the bone marrow, Abraham needs a marrow transplant to survive.
On those days, Abraham and a group of volunteers stood in Jackson’s Poindexter Park to distribute meals and will continue to do so with Make-A-Wish over the next year.
Help hundreds of people
Abraham was ingrained in kindness when he was growing up. Before being diagnosed, he and his family fed the homeless in his community every month, WLBT reported.
“It’s always been a good thing to do, and that’s what I grew up with doing it,” said Abraham. “So I went back to my roots to do what I was taught to do.”
After his diagnosis, the family had to temporarily halt their efforts. But since starting Abraham’s Table in September, he has fed hundreds of homeless citizens.
Make-A-Wish spokesman Jamie Sandys told CNN: “It’s a great example of how one child can unite an entire community.
“Between the businesses that have donated food and those that have received food, Abraham’s wish has directly impacted hundreds of people at this time,” says Sandys.
Miriam Olagbegi, Abraham’s mother, believes the experience taught her son “valuable life lessons” that will impact him for the rest of his life.
“As parents, we can only hope to raise good, God-fearing, productive members of society,” Olagbegi told CNN. “Sometimes we do it wrong and sometimes we do it right; so it’s great to see things going in the right direction.”
Abraham said he is very committed to Abraham’s Table and hopes to turn it into a nonprofit that will impact people for years to come.