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A week of wish granting for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Maine
A week of wish granting for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Maine

PORTLAND, ME – March 14, 2011 – It will be a week of wish granting for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Maine as they work to grant wishes to three local children between March 22 - 29.

“It isn’t only one day these kids see their wish come true,” said Kate Vickery, program director at the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Maine. “It’s the build up of excitement and magic that stretches on to create lasting memories for these deserving kids.”

On March 19, Lucien, 6, of Gorham will have a party at Longhorn Steakhouse in South Portland to celebrate with friends and family the granting of his wish: To meet characters from Walt Disney’s Toy Story. Lucien and his family will leave for Walt Disney World® days later, where he’ll meet the official Toy Story characters. First, however, there will be a surprise visit to Longhorn from real military soldiers carrying a message to Lucien from Woody and Buzz, just like in the movie.

Lucien will be at Walt Disney World during the same time as Delia, 3, of Saco whose wish is to meet all the princesses she possibly can. To reveal that her wish would be granted, Delia was paid a visit by her volunteer Wish Granters and a guest princess who brought the 3-year-old a rose and a puzzle that, when completed, revealed that her wish would be granted.

Instead of boarding a plane for his wish, Cameron, 9, of New Gloucester will be escorted via police car on March 17 to the Cumberland County sheriff’s office for a day of surprises as he is sworn in as an honorary deputy officer, given a tour of the jail and is saluted by the honor guard. The biggest surprise of all will be when Cameron learns that his wish to have an entertainment center installed at his house will be granted.

Over the past three years, Cameron has battled Leukemia and had to put his childhood on hold and avoid public places while receiving treatments. His journey with the Make-A-Wish Foundation began in December when he lit the downtown Portland Christmas tree and has been dreaming of what to choose for a wish ever since. With the decision to wish for an entertainment center, Wish Granters are working hard to create a wonderful wish experience.

Many thanks to the following businesses and people who have helped to make these wishes a reality by donating time, funds and in-kind to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Maine: Portland Radio Group, Kevin and Barbara McDonald, Vicki Parker, Shannon Lord, Agren Appliance, Burchard A Dunn Elementary School, GameStop, Matt Tufts, Sheriff Kevin Joyce, Lieutenant Tom Williams, Diana Picavet, Jokers Family Fun and Games, Lindsey Howland, Lisa Norton, Alouette Beach Café, Give Kids the World Village, Michael’s Limousine, Best Buy, Build-A-Bear Workshop.

To make a donation in honor of any of these wishes or another upcoming wish, please visit http://www.maine.wish.org/ or follow us on Facebook® to see additional photos of wishes being granted to deserving Maine children.