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The community stepped up on Saturday to help grant the wishes of children battling life-threatening illnesses.
Make-A-Wish hosted its first ever Youngstown-area Walk For Wishes event at Boardman Park. More than a hundred walkers showed up to help make wishes come true for area children.
The Honorary Wish Child was Blake Hood of Leavittsburg. Blake is battling Alagille Syndrome, which is a life-threatening liver condition.
He had his wish granted to go to the Walt Disney World, where he got to meet some of his favorite characters from “Toy Story.”
“It was a very good thing for him to get away from doctors and have a big smile on his face for a week,” said Becky Hood, Blake’s mother.
“It’s really the community rallying around these wish kids that we’re able to make these wishes come true,” said Emily Denholm, with Make-A-Wish.
Make-A-Wish has a goal to raise $25,000 from Saturday’s walk. The organization is looking for volunteers in the Youngstown area, to act as liaisons between families and the Make-A-Wish staff.