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Double lung transplant patient granted wish of Alaskan fishing trip

FNS Photo by David Samson Jordan Peterson, center, is surrounded by friends and well-wishers at Scheels on Tuesday as he is granted an Alaskan fishing adventure through the Make-A-Wish organization. The Fargo 11-year-old recently received a double-lung transplant.

FARGO — Jordan Peterson was momentarily silent as he stood Tuesday in the fishing department of the Scheels sporting goods store.

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The 11-year-old, who received a double lung transplant in June, was quietly and quickly trying to comprehend why the two dozen parents, friends and Joe’s Heroes were gathered around him, sending him congratulations.

The group had gathered in Scheels on Tuesday afternoon to surprise Jordan by granting his wish.

Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Dakota and Joe’s Heroes are sending Jordan on an Alaskan shipping adventure the day after his birthday, on July 5.

Jordan knew that he was going to shop at Scheels and that his wish could eventually be granted, but he had no idea it would be Tuesday, until his friends — who had been huddled inside a camping tent until his arrival — jumped out to surprise him with the news.

Dan Peterson said his son hopes to catch a halibut and a pink salmon while on the trip.

Along with the news that he would be going on an Alaskan fishing trip, Scheels assistant manager Steve Wong gave Jordan a $200 gift card to the store for him to pick out fishing supplies.

Wong said it’s the first Make-A-Wish that Scheels has been a part of, but Scheels was happy to contribute to the Peterson family.

“We’re honored to be able to help out the community and help people in situations like this,” Wong said. “It’s the least we can do for people to help their dreams come true.”

Joe’s Heroes, led by 13-year-old Joe Keller, a former Make-A-Wish child, raised money to help present Jordan with the trip, said Kayla Pederson with Make-A-Wish.

During Make-A-Wish’s last fiscal year, the nonprofit granted 39 wishes to children with terminal or serious illnesses.

Jordan, who has cystic fibrosis, had been on a lung transplant list for more than eight months in 2012 before receiving a set of lungs at the Texas Children’s Hospital.

Wendy Reuer

Wendy reports for The Forum and West Fargo Pioneer, where she is also assistant editor. A University of Minnesota Morris graduate from North Dakota, Wendy started her career in television news and entertainment in Minnesota and and at CBS Television City, Calif. before working at newspapers in Minnesota and North Dakota. 

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