MESA, Ariz. - It was an unexpected surprise for a 13-year-old boy from Mesa. Perrin Steel, who had a liver transplant, arrived at Mountain View High School to thank the students for their involvement in the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Little did Perrin know the money raised by the students was going to him.
Every year, we have a wish week. That's what we call it. And in the wish week, students donate, we go to every classroom, we do lots of campaigning, letting students know this is your opportunity to donate and help kids," said Peter Stratford, student body president.
At first, Perrin thought he was there to thank the students for participating in the fundraiser. The last thing he expected was to receive a $10,000 check.
Perrin's wish had been granted. He is now heading to Greece with his family for the summer. It's a country he's dreamed of going to for years due to his love of Percy Jackson children's books.
"They are all about Greek gods and mythology and monsters, so I thought it would be really cool if I got to see the places they talked about in the books," said Perrin.
Mountain View High School is the only school in the state to raise that much money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Make-A-Wish Arizona - arizona.wish.org