MADISON, Wis. (April 2019): Caleb Adkins loves wrestling, and is very inspired by Ben Askren, professional mixed martial artist with the UFC and former Olympic wrestler. Kids Wish Network, a children’s charity that grants wishes for kids with life-threatening illnesses, made Caleb’s dream come true, bringing him face-to-face with his idol.
Kids Wish Network flew Caleb and his family to Madison, Wisconsin, where they enjoyed luxurious accommodations at The Madison Concourse Hotel. On Caleb’s monumental day, his family was stylishly chauffeured by Mad City Limo to the main event… meeting Ben Askren who invited him to hang out for the day. He started the afternoon off warming up at Askren’s NEXT LEVEL training event at Camp Randall Stadium. It was the perfect match. Caleb was in his element, also getting to practice with other wrestlers in training and observing some of Ben’s techniques. “It was amazing, I loved watching Caleb interact with Ben,” said his mom Kim.
After seeing the famed wrestler’s “Funky” side, KWN provided a victorious dinner for Caleb, his family and Ben at CIRC, a swanky restaurant inside The Madison Concourse Hotel. When they arrived, Caleb gifted Ben with a shirt proclaiming him “Kids Wish Network’s Official Funky Guardian Angel” along with a wristband and special coin on behalf of KWN. During dinner, Caleb spoke with him about his UFC debut and upcoming wrestling match against Olympic gold medalist Jordan Burroughs. Ben was also personable with Caleb, asking him lots of questions in getting to know him. It was surreal having dinner with his idol who he watches on TV and greatly admires. “Every other day, it is difficult to be me, but today it is not so difficult,” said Caleb.
“KWN has deep gratitude to Mr. Askren for being so hands-on with Caleb’s wish. Such humility and graciousness from an athlete of his caliber is truly appreciated,” said Kids Wish Network Executive Director Tam Lai.
Kids Wish Network is a national charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children with life-threatening conditions and struggling with life-altering situations. KWN provides trip expenses, meals, accommodations and additional spending monies to all wish families whenever traveling as applicable. Visit www.kidswishnetwork.org to learn about our different programs, and find out how you can help make dreams come true and sponsor a wish for a deserving child.