SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – A long-time pediatric patient was recognized as a positive presence at Salt Lake City’s Ronald McDonald House.
Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski recognized Edgar Perez, 19, as the Honorary Mayor of the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Edgar has been visiting the Ronald McDonald House since he was 9 years old and he celebrated graduating high school while staying at the House.
Due to his medical conditions, Edgar’s family travels from Mexico multiple times a year for extensive treatment.
Representatives with Ronald McDonald House said he knows everyone and everything that is going on. Edgar can be seen navigating the halls, the common areas, and the lobby welcoming people and making sure everything is running smoothly.
He is often referred to as “The Mayor” of the Ronald McDonald House, so it was only right to have the mayor herself present him with the official recognition.
Recently, Edgar was nominated to receive an Honorary Grandparents Fund experience. It’s a gift of a special moment and memory made to a family whose child has been diagnosed with a life-altering or life-limiting condition.
Upon nomination, Edgar made a list of things he would like to experience with his family. Although Edgar uses a wheelchair, skydiving, which is on his wish list, was approved by his doctors.
In addition to a commemorative plaque, Biskupski gifted Edgar with his “Golden Ticket Itinerary.”
The itinerary includes a skydiving experience with Sky Dive Utah and a Salt Lake Bees game and dinner with his family and friends.
Edgar is in the process of applying for admission to BYU to pursue his dream of becoming a computer programmer.
WATCH: Biskupski names Edgar “mayor” in a special ceremony>>>>