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Teen gets trip to Tokyo after beating cancer

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A teenager who had a long fight against cancer recently took the trip of a lifetime. The Indiana Children’s Wish Fund sent the teenager and his family on that trip.

Ian Craig is a 16-year-old at Shortridge High School. When he was 13 years old, he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. He’s now been in remission for two years. When the Indiana Children Wish Fund Found out about Ian’s remission it only meant one thing, it was time to go on a trip of a lifetime to Tokyo Japan.

The Craig family say they wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the doctors at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. In October, Ian, his mom and dad got to go on that trip. Ian’s a huge fan of Pokemon and Magna, a Japanese comic book series. He was able to visit the hub for both in addition to other museums and even visited an owl cafe. It was an experience the family won’t soon forget. Ian does have a message for anyone fighting cancer out there.

“You can tough through it,” said Ian. “You’ll be able to make it through it. ” 

“I think that Indiana Children Wish Fund did such a good job giving us this trip, more than we expected and more than we could have afforded on our on own,” said Ian’s mom, Elizabeth. “It was kind of like a reward for all the stuff that we went through.” 

To date, the Indiana Children’s Wish Fund has granted more than 3,200 wishes to Indiana children. The average cost of a wish is $6,000.