Delaware County teen with cystic fibrosis is off to Rio thanks to Make-A-Wish

COLUMBUS (WCMH)–A local family is on their way to Rio. The Make-A-Wish Foundation granted Buckeye Valley senior Nick Roden’s wish to go to the Olympics. NBC4 was there at the airport as they checked in for their flight to Brazil Tuesday afternoon.

The Rodens got to ride to the airport in style, and will be in Rio to watch the championship basketball game.

“Make-A-Wish has taken care of everything, including the fact we have a limo coming to pick us up!” said Nick’s dad.

“It’s a dream come true for all of us, I think,” said Nick’s mom Terri.

Nick is missing the first day of his senior year at Buckeye Valley, but for a really good reason.

“I can’t wait! It’s finally starting to set in that we’re actually going to Brazil to watch the Olympics,” said the 17-year-old at his Delaware home before leaving for the airport.

Nick was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a fatal genetic lung disease, as a baby. Thick build-up of mucus causes severe damage to the lungs, making it hard to breathe.

“The challenge with cystic fibrosis is it is degenerative so there’s only more hills and valleys to come,” said Terri.

But, this trip is about forgetting the daily treatments and pills. It’s about making memories.

“I’m so happy for him that he gets this opportunity,” said Nick’s brother P.J.  “It’s going to be unforgettable, that’s for sure.”

Make-A-Wish thought of everything.  Nick was given a GoPro camera and cell phone. We’ll be posting pictures of their trip over the next five days. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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