Even when you are reporting on the news and happenings in a small town, there are some things happening that tend to lead into a bigger story and make you reflect on your life. Less than a month after being at the Wolf Point Herald News, I had the opportunity to take some pictures of a special ceremony.
Wolf Point resident and basketball enthusiast Kevin Heser did not know what to expect when he walked into his home and saw several friends and family who yelled, “Surprise!” It was a scene you would find at a birthday party or any other special occasion with family and friends.
But it wasn’t Heser’s birthday party or anniversary his loved ones were celebrating. No, they were there to celebrate his “Wish Day.” Heser was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma Multiforme brain tumor at the Children’s Hospital Colorado in Denver in December 2011. He was born along with his twin brother Andrew in 1997 in Great Falls, Montana.
Heser and his family were visited by the Make-A-Wish Foundation on July 30. Heser, a Wolf Point High School student who is also a fan of the Denver Nuggets NBA basketball team, received several gifts including a basketball that was autographed by Denver players, a Nuggets jersey with his name on the back and a personal note from the team’s executive director.
When a friend asked him what he thought of everyone being there, he didn’t really have words. He just threw up his hands and smiled.
It was a heartwarming event and it’s one of those moments you wish you could go back and capture more of. Part of the problem was I was so new and shy to the area, I didn’t really know how to approach people. Heser was a good kid and I was humbled to be a part of his special day, even if I’m just in the background.