Morton Teen Granted Lord of the Rings Tour By Make-A-Wish

By Joe Bennett

April 27, 2011 Updated Apr 27, 2011 at 10:10 PM CDT

A young man from Morton is helping the Make-A-Wish Foundation celebrate 31 years of granting wishes by having his own granted.

18 year old Dylan Henricks was born without a pulmonary valve on his heart and relies on surgeries every few years.

He has had five so far.

April 29th is World Wish Day, commemorating the day of the very first wish that was granted to a 7 year old boy who wanted to be a police officer.

"Wishes are about hope, strength and joy and bringing that to children that are battling life threatening conditions," says Make-A-Wish Foundation Community Relations Manager Janet Bantz Glavin. "It's not just about a chance to take a trip or to meet someone famous or top have a special gift but it's really the opportunity to have the power of decision and choice."

Dylan and his family recently returned home from New Zealand.

The teenager wanted to visit the country where Lord of the Rings was filmed.

He says he is as thankful for the experience as he is fortunate for his life.

"I'm extremely blessed," Henricks says. "It's sweet to be a part of it. It's amazing what they're doing and hopefully some day I'll be able to donate to the cause and help out with Make A Wish coz it's truly amazing."

Dylan not only visited the Lord of the Rings set of The Hobbit.

Make A Wish also sent the Henricks family white water rafting, repelling in a cave and to a native village where he was made an honorary chief.

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