Have a Heart Wishathon Raises $166K for Make a Wish

February 16, 2007 - Posted at 9:19 p.m. CST  

JONESBORO, AR -- Make A Wish grants a wish to children with life-threatening medical conditions every 41 minutes and today, Region 8 gave generously to help make the dreams of kids here in Northeast Arkansas come true.

For nine years, the annual Make A Wish Wishathon has been putting smiles on the faces of children...and this year, Region 8 smiled back.

"If you have never seen a wish granted, it will defiantly change your heart," said Lt. Shane Martin with the Marmaduke Police Department.

The Make A Wish foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.  To date, they've granted 146,183 wishes, but it takes the helping hands of generous good neighbors.

"I had a nephew that had Make A Wish and they sent him to Disney World and we just wanted to give back a little bit," said Rick Landerman as he dropped off his donation.

Marmaduke residents and students helped raise more than spirits this year.

"We raised right around $7,000 last year and due to the tornado we were not able to grant our wish until this year," said Lt. Martin.

Last week the community gave 7-year-old Cole Bowen the wish of going to Disney World.

"Last Friday night we were at $3,000 and in one night we were able to raise $2,000 to put us over the minimum to be able to grant a wish...and then this morning alone, before we got ready to leave, we were at $6300 and we got on the all call and asked, 'do you guys want to try and raise $7,000?'  Within an hour we had our $7,000," said Lt. Martin.

The "Have a Heart Wishathon" raised more $166,989.76 for the Make A Wish foundation.

All of the folks at KAIT, plus the volunteers at the Triple F-M group, Z-100,  Mix 106 and the Fox want to thank everyone who donated Friday.