(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – After being diagnosed with two congenital heart
defects, 3-year-old Fabian has undergone numerous medical procedures in hospitals
away from his birth home of Fairbanks. The working side of his heart labors twice as
hard as a normal heart and the oxygen levels in his blood are severally depleted. As
if dealing with Fabian’s illness wasn’t enough, his father left on April 21 for a
yearlong deployment to Kuwait, leaving his mother to take care of their two sons
and four dogs.
While looking for ways to cope with the challenges that come with Fabian’s heart
defects, Miguel contacted Wish Upon The North Star (WUNS) after finding the Alaskan
charity online. WUNS is an all-volunteer charity formed by Alaskans in 1983 that serves
Alaskan children with life-threatening illnesses.
In 2010, WUNS received a $26,000 boost from the Alaska State Troopers
Adventure Relay to help grant wishes for several children and their families that are part
of the charity’s program. The more than 500-mile relay across Alaska for public safety
individuals and their family and retirees was not only an epic adventure, but a chance
to carry on a long-standing tradition of stepping up to help vulnerable Alaskans in crisis.
The second annual relay will kick off in Fabian’s hometown on June 13 and will end
in Soldotna on June 17. That help has now gone beyond monetary as Alaska State
Troopers in Fairbanks have stepped in to help the Berrios family. Trooper Lt. Lonny
Piscoya, deputy commander at D Detachment in Fairbanks, was tapped to help the
Berrios family get their wish. The family has asked to have the boys’ room remodeled
because it is not conducive to Fabian’s condition or for a growing boy.
You can find the entire story on the AST Public Information Office’s website at
More information on the Alaska State Troopers Adventure Relay, which opened
event registration on May 2, is found at www.alaskastar.org
This photo was taken when the Alaska State Troopers group called “Alaska State Troopers Annual Run” (ASTAR) presented WUNS with a check in the amount of $16,100.00 they raised at their 2011 event. As you look at the photo: Far left, Reeni Calinoff, Rich Owens, Ken Odsather. Gay Odsather, and Ron Rice, WUNS Board members, Col. Keith Mallard, Director Alaska State Troopers, and Commissioner of Alaska Department of Public Safety, Joe Masters.