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A Better Region 8: Make-A-Wish sends family on Hawaiian trip

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It seems the news in our country just gets tougher with time. Our nation is suffering, and we here at Region 8 are listening when you say we need more good news. Multimedia Journalist Japhanie Gray brought us the story of Josie Cullen.

At 36 pounds and just over 3 feet tall, Josie Cullen is what many refer to as a tough little 7-year-old. Josie suffers from VACTERL syndrome, which is a rare disorder that has affected her vertebrae, heart, renal system, and limbs since she was born. She has already undergone several surgeries. While Josie was in the hospital, she learned about Hawaii from watching "Full House" reruns.  Family, friends and the wish granters with the Make-A-Wish Foundation threw a surprise Hawaiian luau-themed party to share the news that Josie got her wish: She and her family are going to Hawaii.

Every year, Jonesboro Radio Group partners with KAIT for the Have-A-Heart Wish-A-Thon to raise money to grant wishes to children like Josie.  Last year you gave over $400,000 during the one-day event and you did it because you believe that happiness is important.  So if you ever wonder if your contribution to the yearly Have-A-Heart Wish-A-Thon truly makes a difference, the look on Josie Cullen's face says it all. 

To Josie Cullen and her family, enjoy your time together in Hawaii.  To the Make-A-Wish Foundation, thank you for granting wishes to kids right here in Region 8. And to you, thank you for giving of your heart, being selfless and for making a difference.  Everyone coming together and taking care of each other are things to be thankful for. It gives us a chance to share good news and it makes this A Better Region 8.

- Chris Conroy, KAIT VP & General Manager

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