Make-a-Wish Georgia makes local 17-year-old's dream come true

    Jack Sanders and his family prepare to head to Patrick Air Force Base (Credit:Briana Trusty).

    Make-a-Wish Georgia is making a local 17-year-old's dream come true.

    Jack Sanders was diagnosed with congenital heart disease at just two days old. Sanders had to have open heart surgery in 2016. However, he's never let his heart condition stand in the way of his dreams and now he's getting to live them.

    Thanks to Make-a-Wish Georgia and Lowcountry JCB, Jack will be heading to Patrick Air Force Base to meet and train with the U.S. Air Force Pararescue Team.

    "I've always loved what the Air Force Pararescue does," said Sanders. "It's something I've always wanted to do, but with a heart condition, it's kind of hard to get into the service. We've been through quite a few ups and downs, so it's just nice to celebrate something instead of worrying about how my heart is doing."

    Jack and his family will spend five days at the Air Force base where he will participate in training exercises and be outfitted with his own field uniform.

    There are currently about 900 kids on a list waiting to have their wishes granted by Make-a-Wish Georgia.

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