“Hi, my name is Zane. I am 13 years old and I live in Grande Prairie with my Mom, my Dad and my 15 year old brother. I love dogs and cars. I have two loyal companions, Alpha and Myah. Alpha is a Golden Retriever and Myah is my sweet, but stubborn Dachshund! I was diagnosed with Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy at the age of four, and although I spend 100% of my time in a wheelchair now, I was able to walk at one time and that is something I am thankful for.
I am in grade seven at Derek Taylor Public School. I am very lucky because I have a lot of friends…mostly girls, (yeah!) who I spend a lot of my time hanging out with! I enjoy going for walks around my neighbourhood, and putting my chair on high speed to give my family a bit of an extra work out. I like playing video games, reading and going to see a good movie at the theatre. I am very excited to be able to go on a wish trip with my family this year. I have chosen Hawaii as my destination because I think it should be relaxing and warm. It will be really nice to go swimming in the warm water and eat fresh pineapple. It has been a very long winter this year, and I couldn’t get around much so I will definitely appreciate the trip. I feel extremely lucky to have been granted a wish!!!! So many individuals give so generously to make wishes like mine become a reality. This is so amazing. I am also very excited to be a part of this year’s campaign for the Death Race team. I know these individuals will be an inspiration to me, and hopefully I can inspire them as well. I am looking forward to correspondence from each of them, and hopefully I will have the opportunity to attend the weekend of the race to meet them, see them off, and welcome them in!”
In August 2011, seven runners will push themselves to the limit to make Zane’s wish come true. To learn more about the Death Race event and this year’s participants visit: www.childrenswish.ca/deathrace