Students Make-A-Wish come true for Hagerman child with leukemia



By Michelle Costa

203,000 wishes. That's how many wishes have been granted through the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

The foundation began in 1980 and gives hope, strength and joy to children with life-threatening medical conditions. One of those children is from Hagerman.

Hundreds of stars: each one representing hope for Andrew Rebon, a two and a half year old who goes by the name "Bear." At the age of 19 months old, "Bear" was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia.

Hagerman Elementary School teacher Lara Silver-Lewis said, He's had cancer. He's taken a lot of chemo and we just really want to help them out. He is in remission now and we just hope and pray for the best. I've known this family for a long time and all the kids have gone through this school. Bear is a very special little boy. He and his family spent a lot of time going back and forth to get treatments in Salt Lake and there's a lot of bills."

That's why the community is lending a hand. Students at Hagerman High School have been selling stars for donations with all the proceeds going towards granting the little boy's wish to go to Disney World.

Maria Merez, with the Youth Action Council, said, “We're just really excited to make his dream come true. At first, we started out slow, but with the.. people have been talking about him and after seeing him.. everybody was more excited and thinking more about how we'd like his wish to come true."

In total, they've raised close to $2,000. Disney-themed wishes continue to be the most popular requests by children to the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

The foundation grants a wish every 40 minutes, and soon, that wish will be for "Bear." In May, He'll meet Mickey, Minnie, and Donald Duck in Disney World.

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