Make-a-Wish, Attend the Inauguration

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The White HouseCan you think of a greater thrill than getting to meet the man who would be the next President of the United States? Seventeen-year-old James Kessler, couldn't. So the teen, who is battling a rare form of sarcoma, with the help of the Make-a-Wish foundation, flew to Henderson, Nevada for a one-on-one meeting with the candidate, the weekend before the election. Even so, he's about to have an even bigger thrill -- attending Obama's inauguration ceremony in Washington D.C.

During their meeting, Barack Obama urged the boy to "dream big" and told Kessler that he looked forward to him being at the inauguration, should he be elected. Kessler made it to Chicago for Obama's acceptance speech, but it wasn't certain that he would be able to make it to the inauguration, given the treatment he was getting for his cancer.

Well, in fact Kessler is able to go and has tickets waiting for him, courtesy of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. He also has a hotel room across from the White House. "Things just keep falling in place, and James is tickled pink," said his mother, Jean Rowcliffe. "And as much as it's a cliche to talk about hope, [Obama] really gave James hope - and that's such a gift."

Congratulations to Mister Kessler and best wishes for his fight against cancer!

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