It is a typical weeknight as 17-year-old Luis switches on the television and makes the room come alive with political commentary. His passion for politics and journalism fuse together as he watches Sean Hannity discuss some of the nation’s prominent issues. Hannity serves as host of “The Sean Hannity Show”, a nationally syndicated conservative talk radio show.
“Each week I watch all five shows, which are Monday through Friday. I probably miss at most one a week,” described Luis.
Since he was 14, Luis has fostered a love for politics and when he was referred to Make-A-Wish® after a cancer diagnosis, Luis decided he wanted nothing more than to meet Hannity, his long-time idol.
Luis explained, “At first when I knew I could wish for anything, I thought of any place I could go. But then someone asked if there wasn’t anyone I wanted to meet and instantly answered, 'Of course'!"
Luis and his family traveled to New York City where the teen was welcomed to “The Sean Hannity Show” studio with a room full of colorful balloons, cupcakes and gifts including a Donald Trump tie! Hannity surprised Luis with the opportunity to join the political commentator live on air during his radio show that day.
“I really enjoyed the experience,” said Luis. “Sean was pretty simple and laid back. People would expect famous people to only have time for what they want. But he was a common American.”
When Hannity asked about his future, Luis responded, “I want to help people. After what I've been through, I want to give back.”
Hannity, after seeing Luis touch the hearts of 13.5 million listeners and hearing about his passion for politics, extended an internship offer for the teen following his high school graduation.
“I was so overwhelmed. When you think a 17-year-old kid--- they could go see a President, they could go see a Vice President, any band member they'd like, and they chose me! I was very, very humbled,” announced Hannity to his listeners.
When the show segment drew to an end, Hannity said, “We are very honored to have you here. We are really proud of you. For a kid your age to go through everything you've gone through is amazing. You’re an inspiration to us.”
During the rest of their stay in New York City, Luis and his family also visited the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, the fountain used in the hit TV show Friends and other tourist attractions.