Hope visits Apple's HQ with her eyes on the future
Fourteen-year-old Hope is thinking ahead.
As a future computer scientist, her wish was to visit Apple Headquarters in Cupertino, California to get an early experience of what it’s like to work as a computer scientist/programmer (and to see how emojis are made!).
Hope was diagnosed with sickle cell disease at birth. Despite living with pain and frequent hospital visits, this honor roll student constantly pushes herself to excel in her studies. She is in a technology focused high school where she’ll earn her high school diploma and Associate degree, putting her on the path to achieving her goal of being a computer scientist. When Make-A-Wish volunteers asked about her wish, she knew right away that she wanted to develop her own app and go to Apple.
Hope and her family were treated to a tour of Apple Headquarters where she met with some of Apple’s leading executives and even received valuable advice for her future career as a computer programmer from the CEO of Apple, Tim Cook.
“One of the best and unexpected moments of this trip was going into the Apple Park store and witnessing Hope's reaction to the standing ovation she received as we came in,” her mom Patricia said. “In Hope’s words ‘that was epic and so cool!’” The retail team went all out in providing Hope with a variety of Apple products, including an iPad in the color of her choice, so she could learn from Swift Playgrounds, an app that Tim Cook said is important for her continued learning as a computer programmer.
Wishes can help kids take their mind off their illness while encouraging them to look towards the future. Wishes made today can be motivation and inspiration for tomorrow’s leaders, including Hope, whose dreams of being a computer programmer were encouraged by some of the leading figures in the industry. “My family, especially Hope, is very grateful to have to been given the opportunity to realize Hope's wish,” Patricia said, “It has given her even more determination to work towards her goal.”