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Teen Cancer Survivor Holds Haunted House to Raise Money for Make-A-Wish

When a sponsored trip helped him through a really rough time, he wanted to make sure other kids had the same opportunity.


Jackson Barber, now 15, knows what it's like to be sick for a long time. He was diagnosed with leukemia at age three and went through treatments until he was seven. After he was diagnosed, the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Utah (where Jackson lives) sponsored a trip to Universal Studios for him and his family, and he remembers how much happiness and relief the trip brought them.

"That was the highlight of my cancer treatment," he told FOX13-TV . "That's basically the main thing I remember, and I loved it."

Now, Barber's cancer-free and he wants to make sure that other kids have the same opportunity he did. For the past six years, he's raised money for the Utah Make-A-Wish chapter by doing a haunted house for Halloween. In 2018, he raised over $10,000.

Here's Barber (pictured in the middle) with the directors of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood.

This year, Barber's production was even bigger. He called it "Jackson Barber's Dark Nightmare 2020 Preview," and he put it on in partnership with a larger community event, the NCM Spooktacular in Ogden, UT. The preview is meant to give people a taste of what to expect next year from Barber and his gang of ghouls. He's been hesitant to give any specific details, other than that it's going to be "really big."

If the videos and photos from his past projects tell us anything, it's going to be a frighteningly good time and will definitely be the cause of many nightmares.

While this year's Dark Nightmare has passed (it took place on October 26 th ), you can keep up with Barber's future events by following Dark Nightmare Haunted Attraction on Facebook and Instagram .

If the thought of getting the pants scared off of you isn't all that appealing, you can make a donation to the Make-A-Wish foundation by visiting their website .

(Source: images @dark_nightmare_attraction )

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