Grimes County teenager has wish fulfilled by Make-A-Wish

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STONEHAM, Tex. (KBTX) - A Grimes County teenager with a serious illness got the wish of a lifetime Saturday.

Make-A-Wish Foundation and employees with the Turner, Pierce and Fultz Ace Hardware Store brought Shawn a gaming computer.

"I know you've been waiting for this so we tried to make it as best as possible so you got your wish," said Janice Thigpen, a volunteer with Make-A-Wish Foundation Texas Gulf Coast, Louisiana Chapter.

At the age of 12, Navasota High School student Shawn Kirk had a tumor the size of a grapefruit removed from his head and underwent radiation treatment.

He will have a new skull put in this summer, that will be made with a 3D printer.

"I'm feeling good, top shape," said Kirk. "I was pretty excited because I enjoy playing video games often and it helps me because we're out here and there's not much to do besides fishing," he said.

Thigpen says the wishes span from Disney World trips to computer gaming wishes. Recipients can be nominated by a parent. Children from the ages from three o 18 can even nominate themselves.

Joe King Fultz with Turner, Pierce and Fultz covered much of the cost.

"I think all businesses owe their community not just to be able to provide products and services but also be able to show back the gift of the attention that the customers bring to us. We like to give that back in some way," said Fultz.

"I just want to thank the sponsors and Make-A-Wish I mean nothing I can really do besides that besides offer my thanks to them," smiled Kirk.

Lenovo donated the computer through Make-A-Wish.

Shawn's mom says the outlook is positive and he should have all of his procedures finished by the time he's 19.

Last year the Texas Gulf Coast and Louisiana chapter of Make-A-Wish granted 488 wishes.

In April they will host a volunteer orientation in College Station for those interested in being part of the program.