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Make-A-Wish Foundation To Send Tulsa Family To Europe

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The Make-A-Wish Foundation is sending Cole Burke and his family to Europe to tour World War II sites. The Make-A-Wish Foundation is sending Cole Burke and his family to Europe to tour World War II sites.
"I've always been kind of a World War II type of guy. My dad got me into it. I like history, I love history," said Cole Burke. "I've always been kind of a World War II type of guy. My dad got me into it. I like history, I love history," said Cole Burke.

By Chris Wright, The News On 6

TULSA, OK -- A history-loving Tulsa teen, who is enduring cancer, will be sent to Europe to tour World War II sites. 

The surprise going away party caught 17-year-old Cole Burke a little off-guard on Wednesday.

"Absolutely hectic. I wasn't expecting it all. My heart kinda dropped when I saw them. I was like ‘whoa. What are we doing here?’ But in a good way, I was excited," said Cole Burke, a Union senior.

But when Cole contacted the Make-A-Wish Foundation, he surprised the organization. Make-A-Wish representatives say most kids want to go to Disneyland, or spend the day with a sports team.  Not Cole.

"I've always been kind of a World War II type of guy. My dad got me into it. I like history, I love history," said Cole Burke.

So, Cole and his family are off to Germany for eight days of touring World War II battle sites and concentration camps. 

It's a reward for the Union senior who suffers from recurrent Hodgkin's Lymphoma. He has endured several rounds of chemo therapy, but fortunately the disease has been in remission for the past five months.

"Good things can come out of cancer. He's persevered. We're just excited to get away for a week and get away from it all, and just enjoy each other," said Jill Burke, Cole's mother.

"He's made it very easy with his positive attitude. He's made it very easy for us. He's just had a great attitude about this," said Leon Burke, Cole's father.

And while an amusement park or football game would have been nice, Cole says dealing with cancer left him longing for a different Make-A-Wish experience.

"It definitely puts your mind in a more mature stage. I wouldn't say sets me above other people, but makes me understand more, like what life is all about. Don't sweat the small things," said Cole Burke.

Despite his love of history, Cole says because of everything he has been through, he hopes to become a doctor.

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