Make-A-Wish granted

CHARLESTON — Six-year-old Nathan, of Chapmanville, W.Va., recently fulfilled his most heartfelt wish as he went on the shopping spree of a lifetime. Nathan, who is diagnosed with medulloblastoma, received his wish on behalf of Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Nathan’s wish adventure started at 9 a.m., when he and his family were whisked away in style via limousine to some of his favorite stores for a day full of shopping. Throughout the day, Nathan visited Best Buy, GameStop, Walmart and Petco, where he purchased various items, including multiple electronic devices, video games, fishing gear, two tree frogs and much more. Nathan and his family ended the day with a late lunch at Outback Steakhouse — his favorite restaurant.

Wishes like Nathan’s cannot take shape without one crucial, first step: a wish referral. Be the start of a wish-come-true today by referring a child who is between the ages of 2 ½ and 18 and has a life-threatening medical condition.

For additional information on Nathan’s wish or how to refer a child, please contact Regional Manager Jo Beth Smith at (304) 342-9474.

The most common misconception about Make-A-Wish is that it only provides wishes for dying children. To the contrary, Make-A-Wish fulfills wishes for children living with life-threatening medical conditions and believes that a wish experience fills its families with hope, strength and joy.

Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia is a non-profit organization that grants wishes to children, aged 2 ½ to 18, with life-threatening medical conditions. Currently, the local chapter is one of the most active in the country, having fulfilled more than 16,000 wishes. For more information, please call Make-A-Wish at (800) 664-9474 or visit its Web site at

Make-A-Wish is looking for kindhearted individuals in Logan and Mingo County to step forward and volunteer their time and friendship in order to assist with wish fulfillment. To become a wish volunteer, individuals must be at least 21 years of age, pass a criminal background check and attend a training session.

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