"Dueling For Wishes" benefits Make-A-Wish

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SPRINGFIELD TWP. (13abc Action News) -- Rachel Burns will always be a Make-A-Wish kid.

"I felt amazing. Almost, for a minute there, I kind of forgot that I was sick."

She and her family were able to take a trip to Hawaii last year all thanks to the non-profit organization.

For Rachel, it was the trip of a lifetime.

"Not only did their wish help me forget, but it also helped me remember what I was fighting for."

We first met Rachel in 2015, before her trip.

Back then, she was a Junior at Springfield High School involved in marching band and softball.

You might never know she has Cystic Fibrosis.

"We always thought that Make-A-Wish was for kids that really needed it that were worse off than Rachel," said Rachel's mom, Heather Burns. "So, we kind of put that on the back burner for a while. Well, as she was approaching her 18th birthday, the doctors said, 'You know, it's really ok. She's been through a lot."

When Rachel's wish was granted, she spent a week in Hawaii forgetting about her disease and enjoying time with her family.

Rachel's story is just one of many.

"Right now, there's 100 kids in Northwest Ohio, the district that we serve, awaiting wishes," explains Luke Shipp with Make-A-Wish. "So, we're hoping to grant at least 60 to 70 wishes this year, but knowing that there's a need for 100 children to still get their wish is really what our mission is, to make sure none of those are left behind."

That's where a fundraiser called "Dueling for Wishes" comes in. For the second year, Make-A-Wish will raise money with a night of dueling pianos.

The goal is to raise enough money for two wishes, which are roughly $8,000 dollars a piece.

Rachel, who's now 18 years old and a Freshman at the University of Toledo, studying pharmacy, truly appreciates the impact of having a wish granted.

She's devoting her life to giving hope to those like her and giving back to organizations like Make-A-Wish.

"Since Make-A-Wish, just, like, everything they've done for me, I really try to tell everybody, like, what a great organization they are. Like, what they've done for my family and it has given me kind of that new booster in life," says Rachel.

Rachel's wish came true and there are many others like hers now waiting to be granted.

You can help by attending Dueling For Wishes.

It will be at the Toledo Country Club on River Rd., Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 from 7:00PM until 11:00PM.

Tickets are $85.00. They include dinner, dessert and dueling pianos.

Get your tickets at the link.

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