Himmy’s Make-A-Wish Amtrak Adventure
Lots of little ones love trains. But for Himmy, trains are more than a passion — they were a source of hope during his battle with cancer.
Himmy made the wish to ride the fastest train in America while courageously battling the disease. When Make-A-Wish found out, they contacted Amtrak to make that wish come true. Employees all along the Northeast Corridor planned a day of fun for Himmy, who flew in from Utah to serve as a “conductor for a day” on Amtrak’s Acela Express, America’s only high-speed train service.
Conductor Dave Pendleton trained Himmy on everything from how to check-in at the employee crew base, to taking tickets, and even yelling the iconic “Alllllllll Aboard!” From Washington, D.C. to Philadelphia, Himmy checked tickets and made on-board announcements like a pro. Outfitted with his very own conductor’s hat and tie, Himmy was visited by Amtrak Police K-9 units, employees, and an engineer who gave him an insider’s tour of the driver’s cab.
“This was definitely one of my better days,” said Pendleton. “It seems like Himmy had a great time. I hope we get him back in 15 years full-time, since he’s already trained!”
Himmy finished his #AmtrakAdventure with a surprise at Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station, as the arrivals board featured his name and he received a warm welcome with lots of applause from passengers and employees alike.
Amtrak was honored to partner with Make-A-Wish in making Himmy’s wish come true, and is proud to support similar local and national philanthropic organizations in giving back.
For more information on Make-A-Wish and the great work they do supporting children battling illnesses, please visit wish.org