History was made Monday at the World Wildlife Zoo in Litchfield Park. A little boy named Troy had the best day ever there.
You might say that happens all the time at the zoo. But today, the little boy was a Make-A-Wish patient and he was treated to an extra special day.
His wish just happens to fall on the 33rd anniversary of the first Make-A-Wish wish. It's not every day that a stretch limo pulls up to the zoo, but today's not just any day.
5-year-old Troy, who's fighting brain cancer, wished for the best day ever at the zoo.
"He always loved animals… Disney he was never interested in. So I told him what do you really want to do and he said go to the zoo," says Marisol Herrera.
This awesome zoo day happened thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
"It makes me feel wonderful because what we do is provide hope, strength and joy to these families and the children who are going through some tough times," says Elizabeth Reich.
From monkeys, to flamingos, a tiny fox, to petting the baby otters.
"They are cute."
Troy's dad says this has been an amazing surprise for his son, who won't have to think about being sick today.
"Love to see him smile all day," says Angel Campos.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation had their own wish come true today. Troy's wish today marks a milestone for the non-profit, born right here in Phoenix with a child's wish decades ago.
"Today's the 33rd anniversary of the first ever wish in Phoenix AZ, to Chris Gracio who was 7 years old. Had leukemia, wished to be a police officer. Local DPS found out and made it happen in a big way and decided they should do this for other children."
From Chris Gracio to little Troy, thousands of dreams come true. That's thousands of wishes and too many smiles to count.
Make-A-Wish is based here in Phoenix. They are also in 50 countries across the globe. In 33 years they've made 14,000 wishes come true.
Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium
16501 W. Northern Ave.
Litchfield Park, AZ 85340