Abraham Olagbegi is not your typical boy in more ways than one. In 2020, he was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder at the age of 12. Over the course of an already difficult year, Olagbegi was forced to undergo a bone marrow transplant and an intense chemotherapy schedule
A year later, Olagbegi qualified for Make-A-Wish, an organization that brings the greatest wishes of children to life. Where most kids would ask for a PlayStation or a meeting with their favorite superhero, Abraham Olagbegi is not your typical boy. He wanted his wish to be a long lasting one.
Abraham and his mother, Miriam. Credit: Miriam Olagbegi
“I remember we were coming home from one of his doctor appointments and he said, ‘Mom, I thought about it, and I really want to feed the homeless,'” his mother, Miram Olagbegi, says.
In September of this year, Make-A-Wish helped Abraham Olagbegi organize a day to hand out free food in his hometown of Jackson, Mississippi. Local businesses donated food and supplies to his cause, and by the end of the day, Abraham reported that they ended up feeding about 80 people.
The experience was exactly what Olagbegi was hoping it would be: rewarding, fulfilling.
“When the homeless people get the plate, some of them would come back and sing to us and thank us,” he says. “And it just really feels good, it warms our hearts. And my parents always taught us that it’s a blessing to be a blessing.”
Video on Abraham Olagbegi’s story.
What’s better? Abraham Olagbegi has responded well to his treatment, he still has eleven months giving, and he’s in the process of starting his own non-profit, “Abraham’s Table.” When his Make-A-Wish is completed in August of 2022, he will use this non-profit to continue his work and help those in need.
His parents are positively thrilled by his giving nature. It is a value they have done their best to instill in their children, but they never would have tried to force their child to do so while undergoing such a difficult time in his life. It just proves to them what a special kid Abraham Olagbegi is.
“We’re just very excited to be able to continue on this endeavor. It’s just so rewarding,” his mother says. “If I was out there on the streets, homeless, I would want somebody at some point to think of me and to do something special for me. So, that’s what I try to instill in my kids and we just try to pay it forward, by doing what we were raised to do.”
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