Local businesses make young man’s wishes come true

Tina Harbuck
Wyatt Marshky, 18, shows off one of the red snapper he hauled in on a recent fishing trip aboard the Phoenix with Capt. Scott Robson. Going deep sea fishing was the highlight of the week for Wyatt, who almost died two years ago in a car accident. He and his family spent six days in Destin courtesy of a group called Wishes on Wheels and various businesses. [CONTRIBUTED PHOTO]

DESTIN — After being critically injured in a car accident a little more than two years ago, Wyatt Marshky did the unbelievable. He survived and got the chance to live out some of his wishes in Destin last week.

Wyatt, 18, who lives in Monticello, Illinois, received a paid vacation courtesy of a group called Wishes on Wheels.

Wishes on Wheels is an organization of motorcycle riders who raise money to help children who are going through traumatic difficulties such as cancer and the like.

“My son was in a car accident and almost died in March 2017,” said Michelle Marshky. “I can’t even count how many surgeries he’s had.”

Wyatt, who was 16 at the time, was in a medically induced coma from March 11 to the end of April in 2017.

His mom had gone to the scene of the accident, where he had to be airlifted, and then to the hospital.

“I was told I needed to prepare myself that he wasn’t going to make it,” she said.

However, she said the medical personnel didn’t know who they were dealing with; Wyatt was stubborn just like her and that he’d pull through.

“And sure enough he did. It’s been a crazy roller coaster, that’s for sure,” she said.

Michelle said that two years later they are still having to deal with things such as daily pain and nerve damage. Wyatt also has to use a colostomy bag for life.

“When he got ejected from his car he got impaled by a tree branch ... and then he fell into a ravine. He’s very lucky to be alive,” she said.

Since then he was nominated and chosen to be the recipient of the Wishes on Wheels. He also was chosen last year, but Michelle said they put off their trip so Wyatt could get stronger so he could enjoy himself more.

And enjoy he did.

“I thought it was great and I had a lot of fun,” said Wyatt, who was back home in Illinois on Monday.

His six-day trip to Destin was packed with eating seafood, go-cart rides, time on the beach and deep sea fishing. Fishing was his favorite part, he said. 

Wyatt said he also enjoyed the Olin Marler Dolphin Cruise trip.

“This was my kid’s first vacation,” said Michelle, who noted that it was also his first time on a plane and first time to the beach.

Why Destin?

“We had heard how beautiful it was … the white sandy beaches. But beautiful doesn’t even describe it."