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Walk For Wishes helps give sick kids a new lease on life

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Hundreds of people laced up their walking shoes to help grant wishes for seriously ill children at the 8th annual Walk for Wishes to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Honorary Northwest Ohio Make-A-Wish child Nicole Arvantis was the guest of honor. Nicole has been fighting non-Hodgkin's lymphoma since she was diagnosed two years ago at age 10.

"There were a few times I felt awful. I couldn't walk, I couldn't eat or drink and I felt like that was it. But I got better and I'm doing good now and I just kept fighting."

Kids like Nicole inspired hundreds of people including 13abc's Sashem Brey to turn out to help raise money to grant wishes. They've raised $70,000 so far towards their goal of $110,000.

Each wish costs about $6,000 on average to grand and there are 65 kids here in Northwest Ohio waiting for their wish to come true. Many of these kids say their wishes have given them a new lease on life.

Nicole's wish was to go to the Mall of America. "It just made me forget everything and enjoy what is now and forget everything that was." Nicole is in full remission now and feeling like a regular 12-year-old again.

Disney World is the most popular wish, but it can also be things like a redecorated bedroom or anything else a child can dream up.

Brittany Welker was inspired to organize 180 walkers from Stautzenberger College to take part. Students, faculty and their families joined in.

Brittany says, "We wanted to give these kids hope. We wanted to give their parents hope."

If you'd like to learn more about how you can help grant wishes, go to the Make-A-Wish website http://oki.wish.org/


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