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Make-A-Wish® Rio Grande Valley Grants 800th Wish


May 21, 2013


Rio Grande Valley

We have finally reached that 800th wish milestone! Wednesday, May 22nd, around 11 a.m., we will be granting our 800th wish since we started our chapter in the valley in 1997. We have come a long way since granting only 12 wishes the first year.

Fifteen year old Luigi, from Brownsville, had given his wish a lot of thought.  When his wish granter asked our familiar question of, "if you could go anywhere, do anything, meet anybody, or have anything, what would you want more than anything in the world", he  knew exactly, without hesitation, he would like to have all the equipment necessary to become a DJ.  

We always follow up with the "why" question.  His reasoning is this is something he can do sitting down, since he has had part of one leg amputated due to his osteosarcoma, and this way he can help his mom pay the bills.   He loves music, and he totally adores and respects his mother.  She is a single mom, who always puts her children above her needs.

Blue Bunny ice cream will not only be sponsoring Luigi's wish, they will also be there to share ice cream for all!  Herme's music, 401 S. Broadway, has been kind enough to host the event in their back room.  The plan is to have him come by the office on the way to see the doctor.  

We will tell him we are just lost on what to get him for his wish and ask him to go downtown to Herme's to give us some ideas.  A young man who works there, Julio, will have identical equipment to his set us with the lights and fog machine in motion when he arrives.  Hopefully, he will be greeted by many fans and media.  By this time he will realize something is going on, and when he sees his personalized name plates on his equipment is probably when reality will fully set in.

About Make-A-Wish

Make-A-Wish® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true can have positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illnesses, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Based in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 25,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 38 minutes. It has granted over 226,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; nearly 14,000 in 2012 alone. 

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Ava L Sandlin
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One Park Place Suite 405
McAllen, TX  78503

Phone : (956) 686-9474
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Make-A-Wish® Rio Grande Valley
One Park Place
Suite 405
McAllen, TX 78503
(956) 686-9474