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Tim Meets the CEO of Nike

Tim Meets Mark Parker

“ I learned so many things about Nike, Oregon, the world, personal character, myself, and the life I wish to live. I will never be the same. ”


- Tim, wish kid

Eighteen-year-old Tim hasn’t let his diagnosis of sickle cell anemia stop him from looking towards the future. He attends Kennesaw State University and in his free time he reads books about success. He is a remarkable young man who is focused on becoming a global business leader.

When Tim started thinking about his wish in relation to his ambitions, he knew meeting with a business role model would be a great experience. He wanted to take this opportunity to meet one “of the CEOs of the top businesses that make a positive global impact.” Because of this, it only made sense for him to wish to meet Mark Parker, CEO of Nike.

Tim and his mother flew to Portland, Ore. where they visited the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, designed a custom pair of Nike shoes with NIKEiD, toured the Nike World Headquarters and most importantly, sat down for lunch with Mark Parker. Tim asked the Nike CEO for advice and questions about his successes and failures.

After the wish, Tim said, “I learned so many things about Nike, Oregon, the world, personal character, myself, and the life I wish to live. I will never be the same.” Tim’s mother wrote to Mark, “For Tim, the moment of truth was you making his wish a reality and you inspiring him to believe in his potential. For this I will be forever grateful – the experience of a lifetime.”

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Emily W. Rudd

What a beautiful story! I work with hundreds of Sickle Cell patients who need to hear and know that their disease doesn't have to define or confine them. Believe, hope, persevere! Thank you Mr. Parker.

March 10, 2015 - 10:04 AM

ShaNekqua Parker

I love hearing successful stories about kids with sickle cell who are thriving and not letting the disease get the best of them. It gives me hope for my 7 yr old Son Gabriel Parker who has Sickle Cell Anemia. Thanks for sharing!

March 10, 2015 - 10:13 AM

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