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Local Wish Kid Goes Storm Chasing With Discovery Channel's Reed Timmer


April 05, 2013


Syracuse, NY

Syracuse, N.Y. – Most people avoid storms, but not local Wish Kid Nick. Nick will follow his favorite T.V. personality, Reed Timmer from Discovery Channel’s Storm Chasers, on April 6, 2013 to Oklahoma City and set off on an exciting 4-day storm chasing adventure with Viper Tours!

Weather is more than just a nice small-talk topic for Nick, it is his passion. Nick is 15 years old and is diagnosed with Von Hippel Lindaeu. He likes ‘70s music, brownie sundaes and science; especially, meteorology. In his spare time, he loves nothing better than to track the weather; so, it’s no wonder Nick wished to chase down storms with Timmer. “We cannot wait to hear what electrifying stories Nick will have when he comes back,” said Diane Kuppermann, Make-A-Wish Central New York, President and CEO.

Nick’s wish announcement occurred on live TV at his local news station WKTV in Utica, New York.  Nick and his friend Bill Kardas, WKTV’s meteorologist  know each other well.   Nick wakes up at 5:00 a.m. every morning and e-mails Bill about the weather and works on his weather map before school.  He also forecasts the weather for his school every morning as part of the school announcements.  This amazing storm chaser adventure is a wish come true for Nick.

Make-A-Wish Central New York, Inc. is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to granting special wishes to children between the ages of 2-1/2 and 18 who are living with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Make-A-Wish has granted more than 1400 Wishes since its inception in 1985.  In granting a favorite wish, Make-A-Wish strives to provide the wish child and family with extra-special memories of joy and laughter. Wishes offer a welcome respite - a time for nothing, but fun!

Make-A-Wish continues to “bring the magic of a wish” to special Central New York kids because of the generous support of the central New York community both individuals and corporations throughout the fifteen county region it serves.   The counties being served are: Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, St. Lawrence, Tioga and Tompkins.

For more information on Make-A-Wish and to learn how you can become involved, call (315) 475-WISH (9474) or (800) 846-WISH (9474) or email: Visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

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