13-Year-Old Mississippi Boy Uses Make-A-Wish Opportunity to Feed Homeless People in His City

Abraham stands in front of “Abraham’s Table,” his Make-A-Wish service to feed the homeless in Jackson, Mississippi.

When Adeola “Abraham” Olagbegi discovered his bone marrow transplant was successful, he was granted any wish of his choice.

But the 13-year-old’s wish was not a trip across the world or the newest gaming console. Instead, he chose to feed homeless people in his hometown of Jackson, Mississippi, for a year.

It began in June 2020, when Abraham was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a rare and life-threatening blood disorder. The disease is a type of bone marrow failure that made it impossible to produce enough blood cells to support his body.

“I am a person of hope, so when you come against a big mountain, you have to remember you have a big God,” Abraham told CNN affiliate WLBT.

Abraham with his father while in the hospital.
Abraham with his mom, Miriam Olagbegi.

Because the disease causes bone marrow damage, Abraham needed a bone marrow transplant to survive.

“I had my transplant 10 months ago in November 2020, so I am doing good,” he told WLBT.

Make-A-Wish Mississippi, which grants wishes to children and teens ages 2-18 who are often battling devastating illnesses, made his wish come true, bringing to life Abraham’s Table, a service that provides meals to the homeless every third Saturday.

On those days, Abraham and a group of volunteers stand in Jackson’s Poindexter Park distributing meals and will continue to do so with Make-A-Wish for the next year.

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SOURCE: CNN, Alaa Elassar