CORBIN, Ky. (FOX 56) – Even after a child goes through their battle, regardless of what it may be, Make-A-Wish can provide a boost that lasts a lifetime.
A few weeks ago, a child in Corbin, Kentucky got a unique wish. If you’re an avid follower of Marvin Bartlett’s Spirt of the Bluegrass, you may already know about the presidential wiz kid, Reed Elliotte.
When he was just six years old, Reed was diagnosed with cancer twice. Fighting his way into remission, Make-A-Wish came calling to give Reed a once-in-a-lifetime day.
But much like the leaders he looks up to, he put others before himself.
“First time we found out about it, we didn’t want to do it because we thought it was taking someones wish away,” Reed explained.
Reed isn’t your average 12-year-old, with his love for United States Presidents starting with help from his father.
“Well, it all started when George H.W. Bush died and 2018,” Reed described. “My dad came home, and I was sitting in that chair downstairs, and he said that he had died. He said he was president. I looked him up and then that’s when I became fascinated and so we’ve been going presidential libraries and grave sites and it’s been really fun.”
After some convincing, Reed accepted Make-A-Wish’s offer, fulfilling his wish to meet not just one, but every living president, most recently our 42nd Commander in Chief.
“My mom came and said, well, we can’t go to Lexington on Sunday, because guess what you’re doing,” Reed said. “She said, you’re going to be meeting President Clinton in Nashville. I went totally crazy. He came in and he said it was nice to meet you. I love. I love your suit. I said thank you. And he went, I saw you on Ellen. So, we talked for about 45 minutes.”
Clinton marks the third president of the six living Reed has met, still needing to meet Presidents Obama, Trump, and Biden. The two talked about everything from their love of music, to Clinton giving Reed political advice, and even Ukraine.
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For Reed’s mom Larrietta, getting to see her son live out his dream was an experience she’ll always remember.
“He could have picked most places he could go where most, you know, big items that they that they would supply for him,” Larrietta explained. “But he wanted the experience. He wanted that experience to meet another president and so it was so awesome that they made that happen for him.”
She says her son is truly a one-of-a-kind kid. A kid who aside from presidents, is a talented singer and pianist, whose favorite musical performer is Loretta Lynn.
Reed embraces this mindset, saying that he thinks he was actually born in 1940, not 2010 as his birth certificate says.
As for Reed’s future, well he’s already gearing up for his 2048 campaign, with a message we can all get behind.
“We’re all the same people,” Reed proclaimed. “We’re all children of God and so I think we need to make a difference and we all need to come unite as a nation.”
When the Elliottes took a family trip to Washington D.C. a few years ago, Reed came down with Pneumonia. On their way to the emergency room, he asked if they could take him to the hospital where President Reagan was treated after being shot.