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Monday, Nov 04 2013 02:44 PM

'First Look': Make-A-Wish fundraiser raises funds to make wishes come true

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    Bakersfield Fire Department Battalion Chief Ken Wiggins, left, and Catherine Anspach of the local Make-A-Wish talks with Californian Editorial Page Editor Robert Price on "First Look with Scott Cox." They talked about Make-A-Wish in Kern County.

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The Make-A-Wish foundation is not just for terminally ill children. It's also for children who have life-threatening medical conditions.

Monday on "First Look with Scott Cox," Catherine Anspach of the Kern County Make-A-Wish foundation talked about the difference a wish can make in a child's recovery time.

"Talking and focusing on the wish rather than the chemotherapy and treatment is what gets a lot of these kids through," Anspach said.

Bakersfield Fire Department Battalion Chief Ken Wiggins agreed with Anspach, having been through the process with his granddaughter, Ryan.

Ryan was diagnosed with leukemia at age 4 but now, at age 9, she is cancer free.

Her wish was to go to Disney World and Anspach said that's a usual destination kids select.

"I remember I called my son while they were there and he said they felt like rockstars and that you couldn't wipe the smile off Ryan's face," Wiggins said.

To help continue making kids' wishes come true, the foundation is having its annual Heroes & Helmets for Hope drive with the help of the fire department.

From 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, firefighters will collect donations in the following locations: 22nd and L streets; Stockdale Highway and Gosford Road; and Knudsen and Olive drives.

You can also buy a barbecue sandwich, chips and drink lunch for $7 at the 22nd and L streets location from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the same day.

For more information, call 634-WISH.


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