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March 12, 2001 | By Valerie Reed INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Eighth graders at Keith Valley Middle School in Horsham raised more than $25,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation during a floor-hockey marathon last month. Their contribution is the largest from any school in the nation, said Karen Traten, director of development for the foundation's Philadelphia and Southeastern Pennsylvania chapter. About 300 students, or 75 percent of the eighth-grade class, participated in the 20-hour marathon. Each student needed a minimum of $50 in pledges to play.
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September 20, 1996 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / CHARLES FOX
Kevin Huang dumps some ducks to begin a heat of yesterday's "Great Rubber Duckie Race" at the University of Pennsylvania. The race, sponsored by the Beta Theta Pi fraternity and the Chi Omega sorority, will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
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June 24, 2005 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Iddo Hoyle kept an autographed football in his hand and a smile on his face last night. Hoyle, 14, of Philadelphia, suffers from spinocerebellar ataxia, a progressive degenerative disorder of the spinal cord. He is also a beneficiary of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Professional athletes and the Eagles cheerleaders gathered at Public House in Logan Square for the third annual "Athletes Giving Back" evening. The event, which included live and silent auctions, benefited the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Philadelphia and Southeastern Pennsylvania.
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November 15, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
THE MAKE-A-WISH Foundation grants wishes to children diagnosed with a life-threatening medical conditions. Tomorrow, in San Francisco, it will top anything it has done in its 33-year history when it fulfills the wish of a 5-year-old boy named Miles, who has leukemia. When asked what his wish was, Miles said he wanted to be a superhero. Batkid to be exact. The good people at the foundation went to work, asking for volunteers on its website. The response was overwhelming as over 10,000 people - some who said they are flying in - agreed to take part in the elaborate wish-granting plan.
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December 31, 2006 | By Valerie Reed INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Marathon runner Jim Higgins jokes that he plans to race 40 miles in two days just so he can get the Goofy medal at the finish line. It seems his two children tagged him with the Goofy moniker seven years ago before a vacation to Walt Disney World. The Lower Makefield resident plans to return to Orlando this week for Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge so that he can claim the medal - and yet a bigger prize. He hopes to raise thousands of dollars to help a Doylestown girl through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
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March 29, 2013 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
You know you're in trouble, Maria Kefalas said sadly, when you're fast-tracked for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Kefalas, 45, is a St. Joseph's University sociologist whose daughter Calliope, 3, has a rare and untreatable genetic disease, MLD. It's a diagnosis without hope: Most patients don't live beyond age 5. Kefalas, along with her husband, Patrick Carr (also a sociologist), and their three children were sponsored for a trip to Martha's Vineyard over the summer by the foundation, which attempts to enrich the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions.
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February 13, 2005 | By Valerie Reed INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The Key Club at William Tennent High School in Warminster raised more than $7,000 to grant the wishes of two Philadelphia youngsters with life-threatening medical conditions. Because of the club's donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a 6-year-old girl went to Disney World with her family, and a 10-year-old received a laptop computer and software. The recipient of the Florida trip attended a Key Club meeting earlier this month and shared her vacation photos with the high school students.
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March 27, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 3-year-old Delaware County boy who got a police escort home after a Make-A-Wish trip to Disney World last month, died Monday. Brayden Chandler's parents shared the news of his death Tuesday in a post on the "Brayden's Buddies" Facebook page, which has more than 8,000 followers. "We are saddened to say that heaven gained a superhero," they wrote. "Brayden has taught us many things in his short little life time. " Brayden was diagnosed with a bilateral Wilms tumor in January 2013.
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December 15, 1995 | By S. Joseph Hagenmayer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Jason E. Nutt, 16, a Lenape High School junior who, as a sophomore, was part of the school's successful golf team that went 17-3 in the spring, died Tuesday at his Southampton home after a battle with cancer. Born in Mount Holly, Jason lived in Columbus for six years before moving to Southampton, where he attended the Southampton Township School. Jason's love affair with golf began when he was 10 years old and his grandfather would take him along on golf outings, said his mother, Cheryl Sexton.
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February 16, 1998 | By Douglas Belkin, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
When you're 13, Dairy Queen is gourmet food, McDonald's is a treat, and mortality is somebody else's problem. Or so went Jim Albright's reflections Friday morning after 22 hours of floor hockey, feasting and - somewhere deep in the mix - memorializing. More than 200 eighth graders from Keith Valley Middle School raised $17,000 between Thursday afternoon and Friday morning during their annual Keith Valley Challenge. To participate, they had to raise $50 apiece. The all-night floor-hockey tournament was created 22 years ago, to raise money for the family of an eighth grader who suffered from a congenital heart condition and had a heart attack on the way to school.
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January 4, 2015 | By Erin E. Arvedlund, Inquirer Columnist
If you've ever wondered about unanticipated ways in which your charitable giving pays off, here's one to think about. We asked the Make-a-Wish Foundation about some of the folks who have been granted wishes while seriously ill. Did anyone notice a long-term impact on the illness, or on his or her outlook on life? It turns out that a report on adults who were granted wishes as children found that the experiences sustained them years after they were cured of their diseases, according to a survey conducted by TCC Group in Philadelphia for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
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December 15, 2014 | BY PATRICIA MADEJ, Daily News Staff Writer madejp@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
WHEN Ashley Broaddus, 14, of Germantown was released from the hospital last Christmas Eve after suffering a stroke that left her paralyzed from the chest down, she refused to use a wheelchair. "She says, 'I'm not going to do it,' " said Yvonne Farrell, Ashley's mother. "So we went to therapy twice a week at CHOP . . . and we're just believing that she'll totally recover. " Now that wheelchair sits in her house covered in clothing. While in the hospital, Ashley was nominated for a wish to be granted through the Make-A-Wish foundation.
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June 11, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
    Radnor Township Police will be honoring officers, firefighters, paramedics and others on Monday night, including a policeman who was part of the team that escorted a terminally ill 3-year-old boy from Philadelphia International Airport to his home. Platoon 4 officers will be recognized for the safe arrest on May 1 of a Radnor man who, police said, was high on LSD and swinging two machetes while walking near a popular park. The machetes will be on display.   They also will be recognized for the arrest of a male juvenile arsonist who was at the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur.
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March 27, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 3-year-old Delaware County boy who got a police escort home after a Make-A-Wish trip to Disney World last month, died Monday. Brayden Chandler's parents shared the news of his death Tuesday in a post on the "Brayden's Buddies" Facebook page, which has more than 8,000 followers. "We are saddened to say that heaven gained a superhero," they wrote. "Brayden has taught us many things in his short little life time. " Brayden was diagnosed with a bilateral Wilms tumor in January 2013.
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November 15, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
THE MAKE-A-WISH Foundation grants wishes to children diagnosed with a life-threatening medical conditions. Tomorrow, in San Francisco, it will top anything it has done in its 33-year history when it fulfills the wish of a 5-year-old boy named Miles, who has leukemia. When asked what his wish was, Miles said he wanted to be a superhero. Batkid to be exact. The good people at the foundation went to work, asking for volunteers on its website. The response was overwhelming as over 10,000 people - some who said they are flying in - agreed to take part in the elaborate wish-granting plan.
NEWS
March 29, 2013 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
You know you're in trouble, Maria Kefalas said sadly, when you're fast-tracked for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Kefalas, 45, is a St. Joseph's University sociologist whose daughter Calliope, 3, has a rare and untreatable genetic disease, MLD. It's a diagnosis without hope: Most patients don't live beyond age 5. Kefalas, along with her husband, Patrick Carr (also a sociologist), and their three children were sponsored for a trip to Martha's Vineyard over the summer by the foundation, which attempts to enrich the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions.
NEWS
December 31, 2006 | By Valerie Reed INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Marathon runner Jim Higgins jokes that he plans to race 40 miles in two days just so he can get the Goofy medal at the finish line. It seems his two children tagged him with the Goofy moniker seven years ago before a vacation to Walt Disney World. The Lower Makefield resident plans to return to Orlando this week for Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge so that he can claim the medal - and yet a bigger prize. He hopes to raise thousands of dollars to help a Doylestown girl through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
SPORTS
June 24, 2005 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Iddo Hoyle kept an autographed football in his hand and a smile on his face last night. Hoyle, 14, of Philadelphia, suffers from spinocerebellar ataxia, a progressive degenerative disorder of the spinal cord. He is also a beneficiary of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Professional athletes and the Eagles cheerleaders gathered at Public House in Logan Square for the third annual "Athletes Giving Back" evening. The event, which included live and silent auctions, benefited the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Philadelphia and Southeastern Pennsylvania.
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March 6, 2005 | By Robert F. O'Neill INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Cass Forkin couldn't be more excited. On the second anniversary of her Twilight Wish Foundation, a nonprofit organization in Bucks County that grants wishes for seniors, Forkin has gotten her own special wish. The United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania announced last month that it had accepted the foundation as a member organization, meaning that donations to the charity for seniors can now flow through the United Way. Forkin, 43, who founded the foundation in Doylestown in 2003, says the United Way affiliation gives the foundation credibility and exposure to larger contributors as well as the smaller donors who helped raise some $20,000 last year.
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February 13, 2005 | By Valerie Reed INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The Key Club at William Tennent High School in Warminster raised more than $7,000 to grant the wishes of two Philadelphia youngsters with life-threatening medical conditions. Because of the club's donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a 6-year-old girl went to Disney World with her family, and a 10-year-old received a laptop computer and software. The recipient of the Florida trip attended a Key Club meeting earlier this month and shared her vacation photos with the high school students.
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