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Colorado Make-A-Wish grants more than 4,000 wishes

10:18 PM, Nov 16, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA- The Make-A-Wish Foundation jumped into the spotlight Friday after granting a wish to a 5 year old California boy.

Miles Scott battled Leukemia and is now in remission.

Friday, thousands of volunteers filled the streets of San Francisco to help him fulfill his dream of being batman.

The large scale wish captured the attention of people across the country, but Miles is just one of many kids whose wishes are granted each year by Make-A-Wish Foundation chapters across the U.S.

"It doesn't matter if it's Disney World, batman, batboy, the pope, the logistics are a lot," said Joan Mazak, Director of Make-A-Wish Colorado. "Every wish is unique to that child."

Mazak founded the Colorado chapter after losing her daughter, Jennifer to liver failure.  This year, Make-A-Wish Colorado is celebrating 30 years. During that time, they've granted more than 4,000 wishes to children battling life-threatening illnesses.

The 4,000th wish belonged to Jenna, a 16-year-old from Centennial who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. She wanted to write a book, and is now a published author thanks to Make-A-Wish.

"The name of it is "God's Got This", said Mazak. "It's really an interactive book for other kids with cancer so they can read her book or show how they feel or write down how they feel after they read how she felt when that happened. "It's a pretty amazing story and it's a wonderful book."

Jenna's book costs $23 and is available for purchase online here: http://bit.ly/1hOWvYB

Many children wish to meet celebrities. That was the case for Peter, a 17 year old, who was diagnosed with blood cancer. He hopes to become a priest one day, and wanted to meet the pope. The Make-A-Wish Foundation found a way to make it happen.

"We were pretty thrilled with that," said Mazak. "We go through our national organization, and they have an office that plans, what we consider all of our celebrity wishes. So once we put a child in, there might be 10 children nationwide waiting to meet the pope. We have to wait for them to hear from the Vatican to let us know it's our child's time to go."

In June of 2012, Peter and and his family flew to Rome where he met Pope Benedict XVI. He's now cancer free. 

About 250 wishes are granted to children in Colorado each year. If you want more information about Make-A-Wish or would like to donate click here: http://bit.ly/1fKEJBa

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