High school students raise money for Make-A-Wish foundation - WNEM TV 5

High school students raise money for Make-A-Wish foundation

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MIDLAND, MI (WNEM) -

A local high school continued a tradition of giving back to their community.

For two decades, Dow High School has raised money for Make-A-Wish Foundation; but this year, students broke a record.

"We ended up with a total over $8,000; and that just feels really good, looking at that number and knowing that some kids will be granted a wish just with what we've done," said student Jaxon Sowa.

Make-A-Wish will use the funds to grant wishes to children facing life-threatening medical conditions.

"I actually know someone who was a recipient of a wish.  Like I've seen firsthand what it can do to a child, and it also does for the family,” said student, Carley Hitt.

Marketing students raised the money selling their own goods and services.

"For most of them, it's their first chance to own and operate their own business,” said Melissa DeBoer, a marketing instructor. “Whether they make $10 of profit, or the largest group this year was actually $872 with the spaghetti dinner. It's all wonderful, and it goes to a great cause; and they're learning something in the process.”

Representatives from Make-A-Wish did not attend, but Lynn Kuznicki, a staff member with a special connection accepted the check on their behalf.

"I remember him as a little boy, just sitting trying to decide what he wanted to do, where he wanted to go, if he wanted to meet anybody,” Kuznicki said.

Thirteen years ago, the foundation granted Kuznicki's son his wish: a big screen TV.

"It's just a fun, fun program to just let the kid be a kid, and forget for five minutes that they're sick,” Kuznicki said.

The wishes range from big to small; and with $8,800, a wish will come true.

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