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Wishing for the Beach and... Dinosaurs!


April 11, 2013


Syracuse, NY

Syracuse, N.Y. – Like most of us, Wish Kid Josh wishes to enjoy some fun in the sun at Myrtle Beach, but while he is at it he wants to do a little dinosaur hunting! The announcement party will be held on Saturday, April 21 at noon at the Discovery Center, and Josh will leave for his adventure on Thursday, April 25.

Josh’s vacation will include sharing a cozy cabin with his family, hiking on the beach and digging in the sand for dinosaur bones. He will also enjoy a fantastical mini-golf adventure at Jurassic Golf and many more fun attractions together with his family. “Kids have the biggest imaginations, which makes each wish unique. I love hearing about all the neat adventures our local wish kids come up with.” Said Diane Kupperman, CEO of Make-A-Wish® Central New York.

Josh is 7 years old and was diagnosed with Mitochondrial, a life-threatening disease. But, Josh is not letting this stop him from enjoying life with his family. He loves to go outside and play soccer with his pet dog. His favorite show is Sesame Street and his favorite character is Yogi Bear. Enjoying a beach vacation will be his wish come true!

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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Dyana Smolen
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5005 Campuswood Drive
East Syracuse, NY  13057

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Make-A-Wish® Central New York
5005 Campuswood Drive
East Syracuse, NY 13057
(315) 475-9474
Toll Free (800) 846-9474