Santa Grants A Boy’s Final Wish…

Grab some tissues and get ready to ride an emotional roller coaster. This story is everything that’s right about the world.

Eric Schmitt-Matzen looks every bit the part of Santa Claus. He’s professionally trained. Custom-tailored in red. Was born on Dec. 6 (that’s Saint Nicholas Day, of course; are you surprised?) Works approximately 80 gigs annually. Wife Sharon plays an authentic Mrs. Claus. His cellphone, with a “Jingle Bells” ringtone, continually counts down the days until Christmas. Even his civilian attire always includes Santa suspenders.

The whole shtick is designed to spread joy and have fun.

Which it does – except for the role he played several weeks ago at a local hospital.