An 11-year-old boy from Mullica Hill, New Jersey, was granted the opportunity of a lifetime when he delivered a live report on The Weather Channel‘s Weather Center Live.
Ryland Mishura, who was diagnosed with a life-threatening metabolic condition, has always wanted to be a weatherman. And on April 12, his dreams came true when Make-A-Wish America brought him to The Weather Channel’s studio for a tour and allowed him to report on-air.
“We’re going see those showers right here coming in at 12 p.m.,” Ryland, sporting a sharp blue shirt and tie, says in the report. “And at 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. we’re going see those cloudy skies, overcast, and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. we’re going to see the sun come in.
Ryland, highlighting rainy areas on the map with red, even predicts that residents will see the moon later in the evening.
“Looks like some strong thunderstorms possibly!” he adds. “Possibly could produce severe storms and, possibly, a tornado!”
“Ryland has always amazed our family,” Ryland’s mother, Jennifer Mishura, tells PEOPLE. “When people watched him report the weather last week, I think they felt his love and passion just as we do every day. Watching Ryland’s wish being granted was truly a magical moment unfolding before our eyes. It was something we never thought possible and has brought so much joy and inspiration into Ryland’s life.
“Our hearts are filled with gratitude.”
Before going on-air, Ryland was given a 5-minute briefing at the computer on the maps he would talk about – and there were no scripts or rehearsals.
“He’s totally into the weather!” Weather Channel meteorologist Jim Cantore tells PEOPLE. “You cannot teach a fascination with weather, you just have it and he totally has it! His debut with our 3D graphics and then live on-air was 100 times better than my first time on TV!”
Ryland even gave Cantore a letter and copy of his resume for future employment consideration.
“He reminds me a lot of myself,” adds Cantore. “If I’m ever in charge of hiring, Ryland can start working whenever he is ready!”
Make-A-Wish America spokesperson Josh deBerge adds says everyone was “a big fan” of Ryland’s performance.
“Ryland loves weather so what better place to celebrate that passion than at The Weather Channel,” deBerge tells PEOPLE. “We could see his confidence build as he flawlessly stepped us through the forecast on national television.”