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Southern Tier Boy’s Shopping Spree Wish Comes True


July 23, 2014


Syracuse, NY

Syracuse, N.Y. – Last week, 11-year-old Devon Burkhardt, of Whitney Point, experienced a wish come true.

Devon Burkhardt

Make-A-Wish® Central New York arranged for Devon, who has cystic fibrosis, and his family to travel to Destiny USA in Syracuse for a daylong shopping spree on July 17. The day included stops at Dick’s Sporting Goods and GameStop and lunch at T.G.I. Fridays. The wish was sponsored by Jewelers for Children with special wish support provided by Syracuse University Athletics and the Destiny USA marketing team.

Incorporated in 1985, Make-A-Wish Central New York is dedicated to granting the special wishes of children between the ages of 2-1/2 and 18 who are living with life-threatening medical conditions.Devon Burkhardt Make-A-Wish® has granted 1500 wishes since its inception. In granting a favorite wish, Make-A-Wish strives to provide the wish child and family with extra-special memories of joy and laughter.

Make-A-Wish is able to continue to share the power of a wish® thanks to the generous support of individuals and corporations throughout its 15-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 about Make-A-Wish, visit, call (315)475-WISH (9474) or (800)846-WISH, or email

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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