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Durhamville Girl’s Wish To Meet ‘Cake Boss’ Buddy Valastro Comes True


February 20, 2015

DURHAMVILLE, N.Y.— In January, 15-year-old Wish Kid Gracie Snyder, of Durhamville, got her one true wish – to meet the “Cake Boss.” Wish Kid Gracie Snyder with

Gracie, who is living with a brain tumor, has a passion for baking and wished to meet Buddy Valastro, star of the hit TLC show “Cake Boss.” Gracie’s wish came true when Make-A-Wish® Central New York sent her and her mother to New Jersey for a fun-filled weekend that included a visit to Carlo’s Bakery and cake decorating with Valastro. With a little help, Gracie created a softball-themed cake that impressed Valastro and the bakery staff.Wish Kid Gracie Snyder with

Gracie’s mother, Michelle McNichol, said the experience taught Gracie a great deal and will help her as she continues to grow as a baker.

“Gracie wants to be a pastry chef and has been watching [Valastro] since the fourth grade,” she said. “Buddy was so impressed with her cake, that he told her to come back if she ever wanted a job.”

Make-A-Wish Central New York is a nonprofit organization dedicated to granting the special wishes of children, between the ages of 2½ and 18, who are living with life-threatening medical conditions. In granting these wishes, Make-A-Wish® strives to provide the child and family with a bit of respite and extra-special memories of joy and laughter. Since its inception in 1985, the chapter has granted more than 1,500 wishes throughout its15-county region, which includes Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, St. Lawrence, Tioga and Tompkins counties. For more information, visit or call (315) 475-WISH.


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Photo 1: Wish Kid Gracie Snyder, of Durahamville, shows off her softball-themed cake, made with a bit of help from “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro.

Photo 2: Wish Kid Gracie Snyder, of Durhamville, recently spent a day at Carlo’s Bakery in New Jersey with “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro.

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