Oakman student’s ‘Magic Moment’ wish granted
by Elane Jones
Dec 08, 2012 | 3501 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Hunter Sartain, a ninth grader at Oakman High School, was speechless after learning he was the recepient of a “Magic Moment” through a grant provided by the Walker Area Community Foundation. Photo by: Elane Jones
Hunter Sartain, a ninth grader at Oakman High School, was speechless after learning he was the recepient of a “Magic Moment” through a grant provided by the Walker Area Community Foundation. Photo by: Elane Jones
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OAKMAN — Hunter Sartain, a ninth grade student at Oakman High School, was speechless when he went to his English class Thursday afternoon and learned he had been granted a wish by “Magic Moments.” His wish was to go on an electronics shopping spree.

“This is so weird. Thank you!” was all Hunter could manage to get out when Tyler Keene, the “Magic Moment” representative from the Walker Area Community Foundation, revealed Hunter’s wish had been granted.

Hunter is the son of William and Mary House of Oakman and he will soon be choosing his Christmas gifts from an electronics store of his choosing. Hunter’s brothers, Jesse Sartain and Christian House, and close family friend, Johnny Pendley, will be joining him and his parents for the shopping spree.

“The family applied for a “Magic Moment” for Hunter while he was in the hospital, and, through a grant provided by the Walker Area Community Foundation, here we are,” Keene said. “Now all Hunter has to do is decide what type of electronics he’d like to have, and we’ll take him shopping, along with his parents and brothers, of course. We’re also going to take them all out to eat, so it’ll be a fun day for everyone.”

Hunter’s mother, Mary House, said Hunter was born with spina bifida, and he had to undergo a kidney transplant last year. But he was doing great considering all he’s gone through in his life.

“He was in shock, I think. He really didn’t show it, but I know he was so excited,” House said. “He had no idea this was going to happen. Tyler had called me about a week ago to say Hunter had been granted a ‘Magic Moment,’ but we kept it a secret from him until Thursday.”

Hunter was in Sharon Bridges’ English class Thursday afternoon at Oakman High School when his “Magic Moment” was revealed.

Keene presented Hunter with some balloons as he informed Hunter he had been chosen as one of three “Magic Moment” recipients living in Walker County.

“We’ll get a buggy and you can put whatever you want in it — a laptop, an iPad, whatever electronic device or devices you want,” Keene told Hunter during the reveal, “because this is your ‘magic moment’ and we want you to have a Merry Christmas.”