Macy’s and Make a Wish Foundation came together on National Believe Day, December 12, to support and tell a story of a special little boy, 4-year old Isaac. Macy’s teams up with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to donate $1 for every letter to Santa dropped off in store. On National Believe Day, Macy’s doubles its efforts by donating $2 for each letter.
Just before Isaac’s third birthday, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor effecting his gross motor skills, his ability to swallow and regulate his oxygen levels. Isaac’s prognosis is good and the tumor is gone, but he will need to continue his battle as he grows. Throughout Isaac’s treatment at Children’s Hospital, he would notice the other kids crying. He told his mother and father that toys made him feel better and he wanted to build them toys. So Isaac’s wish was to have a work bench so he could build the kids toys and give it to them after their treatments.
Isaac’s wish was granted by Make a Wish Foundation. Cameron Smith, of Product Creation Studios was approached by Make a Wish and he was touched. He remembered how much he loved to build when he was a kid,(eventually becoming an engineer).
“When Make A Wish approached me with Isaac’s story and his wish for his own workbench, I didn’t hesitate to say yes,” Smith explained. “I was touched that Isaac wanted to use his wish so that he could have something that empowered him to help others. I work on a lot of products that improve people’s lives, but this was a chance for me to touch one life in a very special way so that he could change others.”
Isaac has been involved in all the steps of the creating the work bench. The designers at PSC created sketches, Illustrations making small 3D models of each bench so Isaac could see what they looked like. Cameron reached out to the community. Thomas the Train and Legos made a donation and Shoreline Community College built the aluminum frames as well as many others who donated to make Isaac’s wish come true.
Macy’s matched any donations up to one million dollars on National Believe Day. If you would like to know more about Isaac’s story or to give in honor of Issac’s wish go to www.isaacsworkbench.org.