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Making a splash with Make-A-Wish

August 11, 2018 06:37 PM

TROY - Wishful thinking led to wishful walking Saturday in troy and when all was said and done, plenty of wishes will be granted because of it.

They came and they walked in the rain, but they provided metaphoric and medicinal sunshine for everyone.

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Six hundred people parading for the purpose of making sure every sick child who has a dream, or a passion, or a wish, has their wish granted.

“We want to grant the wish of every eligible child in our chapter. Right now that's over 100 a year,” Bill Trigg said.

Bill Trigg is the president of Northeastern New York Make-A-Wish Foundation. These marchers are here to support that effort, mindful that every time a child and their family is sent to Disneyworld or a ball game, or a TV awards show, it costs on average 12-thousand dollars a trip. That's roughly 1-point-2 million dollars a year. No family is ever denied.

“It's a big organization and what they do for these children and for families too is fantastic,” Jodi Hills said.

Jodi Hills, of Ghent, says her son Colby came back from his Wish Trip to Texas a new person.

“He was actually more confidant, wanted to go to college and he felt he had a future,” Hills said.

What Colby says he's gotten from Make-A-Wish is pure happiness.

“One way of being happy, they've been brought down by illness and going to doctors. It's one way to escape even though it's a short time,” Hills said.

One year ago today, Carmella Childs of Delmar was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Now, she's tumor free, and excited to tell her big brother where they'll be spending their next vacation.

“Disney is just a place we've always really wanted to go,” Childs said.

Eight-year old Patrick Buffaline, of Troy, had open heart surgery, then got to go to Disney. So what do you think the highlight of his trip happened to be?

“Having ice cream for breakfast and dinner each day,” Buffaline said.

These people are walking for ice cream, for Disney, and for happiness.

For Make-A-Wish families, their commitment to this organization doesn't end when their wish is granted. Many of them become wish granters themselves, an indication that they're not in it for this short walk, they're in it for the long run.

“When my turn came and I got to see how much they did for me, it was something you can't stop doing. You have to continue to give back,” Hannah Priamo said.

“We're looking forward to being part of this organization for years to come, raising more money and granting more wishes,” Childs said.

“This is an opportunity for these families to come together to be a support group for each other,” Trigg said.

That's another Make-A-Wish benefit, walking a mile or two with others who have walked in your shoes.

“It's nice to talk to other people and share your experiences with others and it lightens the mood,” Hills said.

It changed my life and my family's life and without it, it would just be completely different. I would not be who I am,” Priamo said.

It's a day when wishful thinking becomes wishful reality.

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Dan Levy

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