Corning boy's backyard turned into a skateboarding paradise

Nov 12, 2014 1:53 PM by News Staff

A 9-year-old Corning boy had his ultimate wish come true in his own backyard Tuesday afternoon.

Nathan Coats lives with cystic fibrosis, a life threatening condition that causes major damage to the digestive system and lungs. He is an avid skateboarder, but his condition has made it very difficult to do what he loves.

When word about Nathan's passion for skating got to Make A Wish, a crew of local volunteers from the Home Depot in Red Bluff came together to make sure Nathan could do what he loved.

The group purchased a half-pipe online from a company in Orange County and the owner of the half-pipe company, Cory Keen, was so moved by Nathan's story he became involved on a personal level and was in Corning Tuesday to lend a hand.

Volunteers began the project on Tuesday morning and by 2 p.m. Nathan was doing 50-50's and tail stalls on his personal half pipe.

The Make A Wish foundation of northeastern California and northern Nevada grant over 250 wishes a year to children with a life-threatening medical condition.


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