Full Moon Bar-B-Que partnered with Make-A-Wish Alabama through the Adopt-A-Wish program to send 15-year-old Birmingham native, Troy Grauel and his family to Washington, D.C. Grauel’s surprise trip was revealed to him, alongside friends and family, Dec. 18 at the Birmingham Zoo’s Full Moon Bar-B-Que Wild Slide exhibit.
“Full Moon Bar-B-Que has been a strong supporter of Make-A-Wish Alabama for years, and their involvement has made a tremendous impact on the children and families we serve,” said Pam Jones, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Alabama.
The setting paid homage to Grauel’s love of animals which inspired his wish to travel to the nation’s capital in order to visit the Smithsonian National Zoo and the Museum of Natural History. He suffers from pituitary Langerhans cell histiocysosis, a rare condition that has caused a life change accompanied by many hospital stays and doctor’s visits.
“It has always been a top priority of Full Moon BBQ to connect to the communities we serve and give back,” said Joe Maluff, co-owner of Full Moon. “When you can do something to improve a child’s life, no matter how big or small, it is the right choice.”