Make a Wish Granted at ATA World Competitions

Published 07/10 2014 12:58PM

Updated 07/10 2014 06:23PM

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Three years ago Brett Bittinger didn't see himself participating in the American Taekwondo Association World Competition.

"16 in the hospital they told me I qualified to be a part of Make a Wish," said Bittinger.

Because he was so sick from leukemia.

"They asked us what we would want to do, they said the possibilities were endless, at first I said be kind of fun to be an actor, it didn't really click didn't seem like the thing that drove me," added Bittinger.

What drives Brett is martial arts, so his instructor suggested the ATA World Competitions.

"And it just clicked, I've never been to that and I'd love to go, said Bittinger."

Brett is here practicing for his big day Sunday, he's been taking taekwondo for the past seven years.

"It's what has helped save my life, it's given me confidence and strength to persevere."

His parents Connie and Daryl are in Little Rock with him and say this is his passion and perfect timing.

"It's something he really likes to do and it's a good chance he may not make it here again, because it's not that cheap to do it, said Connie."

The cost for Brett,
"It's a part of my life.”

only hard work and dedication.

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