Teen gets wish granted by Make-A-Wish

By: Brandon Lewis Email
By: Brandon Lewis Email

A Colorado teenager visited Notre Dame to spend time with the Fighting Irish band.

The trip was sponsored by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a non-profit organization that grants wishes to terminally ill and life threatening medical conditions.

Jacob Krauss, 15, is a big Notre Dame fan and has always dreamed of playing clarinet alongside the band. The Make-A-Wish Foundation made his dream come true.

Krauss was fitted Friday for a band uniform.

"I just thought while putting it on how I haven't been able to do that even at my own school until just now, so I thought that was really fun to put that on," said Krauss.

He suffers from the genetic disorder Cystic Fibrosis. The average life expectancy for someone with the disorder is about 37-years-old.

"it affects his lungs and his digestion, he has to take a lot of medication and lots of breathing treatments and since he was diagnosed at birth they told me right away because of his condition they told me he was eligible for a wish from the make a wish foundation," Michelle Meyer, Krauss' mother, said.

The band decided to make the wish even better by awarding Krauss with the First Year Band Member pin.

Krauss and his family was also given a tour of the stadium, press box and president's box.

Part of the tour also included seeing where the Notre Dame band sits during football games.

"I think it's going to be almost nerve wracking with all the people and just a heck of a time playing with them," said Krauss, who normally plays in front of just 200 people. "So far I've only got like 2 or 3 of the 6 or so songs they got me, I'm still working on it."

Krauss will join the band for the Connecticut game. He is considering attending Notre Dame for college, depending on his condition.


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