Rob was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis as a baby. Growing up with this condition has created many challenges throughout his childhood that were often restricting. But Rob has maintained a positive outlook and learned to take joy in life’s simple pleasures like fishing with his grandfather.
When asked what his one true wish would be, he knew he’d like to go deep sea fishing just like he and his Pop had dreamed about. In honor of his grandfather, Rob went deep sea fishing in St. Thomas and made sure his grandma got to experience it too!
Rob was a guest of honor at the 2017 Wish Ball where his wish story was shared with attendees. He also received a mounted replica of a barracuda just like one he caught on his wish trip courtesy of Pure Fishing.
On November 4, 2017 Rob, despite having a critical illnesses that effects his ability to breathe, hiked 28.3 miles in the Make-A-Wish Trailblaze Challenge because he wanted to wish it forward. His wish became the life-changing catalyst to strengthen him on his journey to help make more wishes come true. His heart and determination are inspiring.
Click the video above to begin a playlist featuring Rob's wish story as the centerpiece in the Journey of a Wish.