A terminally ill Loomis teenager has decided to turn over his Make-A-Wish gift over to a food closet.
Andrew Rundle, 19, has been battling Ewing’s Sarcoma for over two years. It’s a type of bone cancer that, when it strikes, is almost always fatal.
Rundle was granted a missionary trip to Ecuador by the Northeastern California and Nevada Make-A-Wish Foundaton. Rundle is a veteran of out-of-state and international missionary work and always dreamed of doing church work in Ecuador. But he was brutally honest about his chemotherapy treatments, saying it takes up to two years to build his immune system up to travel.
“It would be two years before I could go to Ecuador, and I don’t have two years,” said Rundle.
Instead he transferred the dollar amount of his wish, $5,000, to a food closet sponsored by the Mosaic Christian Church in Rocklin called “Pastor Pappy’s Outreach and Food Closet.”
“Pastor Pappy” Manahan is the director of the program and was overwhelmed at the gesture.
“His heart is too big for his chest,” said Manahan.
Rundle was 17 when he was diagnosed with terminal cancer and granted the trip. He began volunteering at the food closet while he was still sick.
“Even after chemotherapy I would drop him off to the homeless program to help Pappy, that’s just his heart,” said Rundle’s older sister Katie Rundle.
Andrew said his new wish is to help “Pappy” expand his food closet and other programs for the needy, because he wants to be able to see some progress while he’s still living. He is devoting the rest of his days to raise money for the program.
“I’ve always felt it’s better to give than to recieve,” said Rundle.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation, which operates in 37 counties granting wishes to children, says it’s unusual for recipients to give their dreams to others. They don’t think donors will object to Rundle’s gesture.
“People who back and support Make-A-Wish, this will touch their hearts in a completely different and special way,” said Jenifer Stolo, CEO of Make-A-Wish.
Those who would like to help honor Andrew Rundle and his cause can go to Facebook.com/prayforandrewrundle or http://www.idoitfor.org/andrew/.