Since they started in 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has grown into the world’s largest wish-granting organization (take that, fairy godmothers). There have been more than 334,000 awesome wishes honored — but were they all action movie awesome? Declan, a 12-year-old Australian boy in remission from Leukemia, was looking for a gift that was a little less Christmas and a little more Die Hard. So the good people at Make-A-Wish decided let him do what he always wanted: “Blow stuff up.” Yippee ki-yay, indeed.
With the help of the Australian Police Force, Declan got to spend the day at the headquarters of the AFP’s Specialist Response Group. The Aussie cops took him through a series of real police scenarios (like negotiating with a 12-year-old threatening to blow stuff up), and gave him a chance to detonate explosives in their training village. Sergeant Peter Murphy, who guided Declan through his delightful demolitions, said the kid may very well have a future in the field. The best part is that because he’s in remission, that’s a real possibility.
This isn’t the first time the Make-A-Wish dabbled in badassery. Over the years they’ve helped sick children do everything from blowing up a building to killing a Kodiak bear (the organization has been ask by animal rights groups to not do the that again). Much like Declan, something that epic would give almost anyone a new lease on life … unless you’re a bear, of course.
[H/T] ABC News