Jonah Thompson holds the first PlayStation 4 sold in Sioux City at midnight Friday. Watching on is his mother, Laurie. Jonah was granted a wish by the Make-A-Wish Foundation
Friday has been a day to remember for a Mapleton, Iowa teenager. When the long-awaited Sony Playstation 4 video game system went on sale early in the morning, 15-year old Jonah Thompson of Mapleton, Iowa got the first one in Sioux City.
Jonah is a self-described video game nut. "I like to play video games a lot. That's what I do in my spare time," he said.
So when the PS4 went on sale, the folks with Make-a-Wish made sure that Jonah would be the first to get his hands on one. Three years ago, Jonah was diagnosed with stage 3 non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. This kid has been through a lot.
His mother, Laurie Thompson said, "He has endured countless spinal taps and chemotherapy, lost all of his hair, wasn't able to go to school of 7th grade. Never complained. Never said, 'Why is this happening to me?' He just took it all in stride, knew what he had ahead of him and went with it."
So the escape offered by a PS4 is something that Jonah could really use. He laughed as he said he was hoping to be able to stay home from school on Friday so that he could play.
And there's more. Waiting for Jonah when he got home was a new game room, decked out with a 50-inch flat screen, sound bar, video game chair and microphone. Trusted Choice Independent Insurance Agents of Iowa sponsored the wish.
Josh Nichols of Trusted Choice said Jonah is "Just a great kid and has went through a lot and just a awesome, awesome thing for him to get his wish granted and be able to get the gaming system and you know, motivate him to keep on going and after the long road that he's been through already."
Jonah was grateful. "It feels amazing. I couldn't afford this if I didn't have the wish so I really thank them for letting me have the wish," he said.
A wish come true and one that is well-deserved. And the best news of all: Jonah had his last dose of chemotherapy at the end of October and is now considered cancer-free!
Game Stop has partnered with the Make-a-Wish Foundation since 2008. They have a program where you can buy a gift card and donate a dollar to Make-a-Wish.
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