Wish Granted: Make-A-Wish Foundation Hosts Gala


Make A Wish Foundation’s “Big Wish Gala” featured guest speakers, entertainment and a silent auction.

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CLEVELAND — The city is full of kids with big wishes, and on Thursday one boy’s family got to tell the story of how his came true.

The Make-A-Wish “Big Wish Gala” was held at the Cleveland Marriott Downtown for honorary wish kid, Riley.

Riley was four years old when he was battling a brain tumor in 1999. He was granted his wish to meet the Cleveland Indians.

His family spoke about his struggle and how his wish impacted the whole family.

“A wish come true impacts the family in a very profound way. Certainly the child has their deepest dream come true, and that gives them such a renewed, fighting spirit at a time when they need it the most,” said Cathy Predmore, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Make-A-Wish.

“For families, when they’re feeling extremely vulnerable, it means the world to them to be able to see their child, who has been battling illness and fighting to be happy again, and just be a normal family.”

Guests of the Gala donated money and participated in a silent auction to raise money for other local children battling life-threatening medical conditions.

Last year, over 118 kids were granted wishes in Northeast Ohio.

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