It was all in a days work that 11-year-old Gary captained the “Northwestern,” manned the ship’s controls, threw crab pots deep into the waters of Puget Sound and avoided a hostile pirate raid. This first mate was schooled on the tricks of the trade by none other than his hero, Captain Sig of the Discovery Channel’s World’s Deadliest Catch, as his wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation was granted.
Even before the boat adventure began, Gary – who is living with Ewing’s Sarcoma – was giddy with anticipation and he exclaimed “I am so excited for my wish! Today’s going to be the best day of my life!”
Gary’s once-in-a-lifetime experience began in high class style as he arrived in a limo at the Pacific Fisherman Shipyard in Ballard. The excited seaman literally jumped out of the vehicle and began giving bear hugs to his favorite crew members, including the Hansen brothers, Captain Sig and Edgar, before boarding the infamous fishing vessel.
Before the ship departed onto the waters of the Puget Sound, the unthinkable happened! Pirates overtook the vessel—looking for “Cap’n Yost!” As any good captain would, a wide-eyed Gary avoided a clash by befriending the pirates and even learning a sea faring trick or two from these bandits! Captain Sig was so impressed he immediately proclaimed Gary “Captain for the day” amid the applause of friends, family, and supporters!
Gary fit right into the sea faring life, operating the crane lift, scouting out the perfect spot for crabbing, befriending pirates and even handling a crisis with the Fish and Gaming Police. The day proved to be a rip-roaring success for Gary; a day both he and his family will not soon forget! His wish truly did give him hope, strength, and joy!
Special thanks to American Equity Mortgage for sponsoring Gary’s wish.