Over the years, a number of PBA Tour players have been asked to make dreams come true for youngsters through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The latest was PBA Tour star Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., who granted the wish of 11-year-old cancer survivor Solomon Wohrer of Lancaster, Ohio.
Wohrer, who is recovering from Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, realized his dream by meeting and bowling with Rash prior to the PBA/PBA50 South Shore Doubles at Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind.
“I really like bowling and Sean is my favorite bowler,” Wohrer told the Northwest Indiana Tribune. “I thought about meeting wrestler Dean Ambrose, but I really wanted to meet Sean. It’s awesome to have my whole family here.”
In March Rash fulfilled a dream for Make-A-Wish kid Demetri Przybylinski, a 12-year-old from Mokena, Ill., who had a cardiac condition. Przbylinski and his family attended all of the PBA League shows in Portland, Maine, met and bowled with Rash, toured the behind-the-scenes of a PBA Tour stop including ESPN and PBA trucks, and he received a new a Radical ball from Rash.
“It isn’t anything you get used to or want to get used to,” said the eight-time Tour winner and former Player of the Year. “Anytime you can make a young kid smile, that’s what it’s all about.”
Earlier this season PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. made a dream come true for 14-year-old Matt Brauckman of Carroll, Iowa at the Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions in Indianapolis. Brauckman, who has Hodgkin’s lymphoma, beat Williams in a challenge match, 213-206.