Geocachers Help Grant a Make-A-Wish® for a Geocaching Teen

Jared and geocachers at
Jared and geocachers at Evergreen Park in Bremerton, WA.

A lot of geocachers will pull over between point A and point B to find a geocache. For Make-A-Wish® recipient, Jared, he and his family would often pick up geocache finds between home and the hospital. His early teenage years were often spent in hospitals from Aberdeen, South Dakota to Sioux Falls, South Dakota to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. He logged smileys all around the three medical centers.

He says, “When I was in the hospital I would look on the website. I would look for trackables and take them to geocaches back home with me.”  Jared123, as he’s known in the geocaching community, endured three major surgeries for a life-altering digestive issue. Through traveling to treatment, he and his family logged hundreds of miles. They tapped into geocaching to break the tension between medical procedures.

Jared discovered he had been chosen for  Make-A-Wish. Make-A-Wish grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition in the United States and its territories. Jared thought about where he could go and what he could do. Many children decide to take a trip to Disneyland or spend time with their family on a vacation to Hawaii.

Jared (center) with his family and Make-A-Wish volunteers
Jared (center) with his family and Make-A-Wish volunteers

Jared was born in the Seattle area, and when he learned that Geocaching HQ was located in Seattle, he made his choice.

Make-A-Wish organized the visit and contacted local geocachers. An event called Jared From SD Wishes for your Presence was planned to welcome him to the Northwest. And Jared wanted to meet, and geocache with, one of the most creative geocache hiders on the West Coast of the U.S: goblindust.

Geocachers from several counties away showed up to greet their fellow geocacher. Jared says, “I couldn’t’ really believe how many people came there. There were 85-90 people who attended. There were a whole bunch of volunteers and businesses who donated for the event.”

Jared then took to the geocaching trail, claiming, The SUPER Pages as his favorite geocache of the trip and perhaps of all time. He says, “I found some of the most unique geocaches ever, or even in the world.” To offer you some proof, geocacher goblindust has a creative geocache found in this video (we just won’t tell you which one).

Jared then visited Geocaching HQ, meeting with the founders of Geocaching.com and having lunch with the people who power the experience. He also led his dad to log his first geocache—the giant treasure chest in the lobby of Geocaching HQ.

Jared and his dad at Geocaching HQ
Jared and his dad at Geocaching HQ

You can watch Jared’s tour of Geocaching HQ in this 6 second Vine video. Jared did what any geocache might do when they leave Geocaching HQ, he went geocaching some more.

Geocachers who logged the event say, “Thanks to all who put this together, the vendors who donated, and to Jared for inviting us to help make his wish!!! It was a pleasure meeting you and your parents! Enjoy your visit, and hope you enjoy all the fun caches we have to offer! Goblindust…you’re a rockstar! TFTE!”

Jared says the trip was a wish come true, “I guess I couldn’t really believe it. I’ll remember this day forever.”

  • Darcey

    I hope your doing well Jared123. Love your profile picture. Great Wish we just went to HQ in June and that was one of our dream trips…good choice! Way to go to all that made it a special day.

  • 13coach13

    Great story! I am not surprised that geocachers banded together to help Jared realize his dream/wish. Most geocachers we have met truly go out of their way to be a positive influence within their community! Thanks for sharing! Wishing you well Jared123 from 13coach13! Happy Caching!

  • Flamingo&Frog

    That’s fantastic!

  • fhaley

    Never met a Cacher I didn’t like… This is an example of what people can do for people in a caring and giving way! Cache on all you fellow cachers….

  • Applefish

    I’m so glad you got to experience such a cool act of generosity. You sure deserve it. You make everyone around you so happy… After spending 2 weeks on the road with you, I really saw what a great guy you are, and I’m proud to consider you my friend. I wish I could have been there to share this moment with you. I can’t wait to see you again soon! Keep on cachin’!

  • Karen Minard

    This was an amazing trip! We can not thank all involved enough. Jared was greeted 2400 miles from home like they knew him forever. This gave Jared something to look forward to, as his last two years of high school were not easy. This was a trip of a lifetime and memories our family will have forever. Thank you!